Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Glasgow's Pay Arrangements

Here's an interesting letter on Glasgow's Employee Development Commitment from the Executive Committee Member (Parks and Facilities) - Councillor Aileen Colleran.

The letter is dated 26 October 2006, by the way.

"Letter to Trade Unions

"Dear Colleague

"As you know, the City Council is committed to assisting all employees with protected status who are in a detrimental position following implementation of the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review.

"The assistance is aimed at developing the capability of the employee to provide them with the opportunity to move to a higher-level post, thus allowing maintenance of their earnings in the long term.

As the Councils (sic) Executive Member charged with driving this forward I would like to invite you to sit on a Steering Group to oversee and monitor the probes of the Council in achieving this commitment.

"I propose to hold the first meeting on Thursday, 9th November at 2.30pm in a Committee Room in the City Chambers.

"Yours sincerely

"Councillor Aileen Colleran"

The original aim of the 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement was to provide a better deal for the thousands of female dominated jobs that had been undervalued and underpaid for years: Carers, Cooks, Cleaners, Catering Workers, Clerical Staff and Classroom Assistants amongst others.

Glasgow City Council signed up to this deal in 1999 claiming a great breakthrough in terms of equal pay, as did all of the trade unions - GMB, Unison and Unite.

But instead of prioritising the interests of its largely female workforce Labour-run Glasgow chose to preserve the earnings of higher paid jobs, aided and abetted by the unions it seems.