Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Quiet Bunch

I sent the following message to Glasgow MSPs and MPs via Twitter the other day, in an effort to rally support from the city's politicians in the ongoing fight for equal pay. 

Mark Irvine

What do the politicians - Councillors, MSPs and MPs - have to say about the fact that some workers are being treated as 'second class' members of the Glasgow City Council Family?

Now I think it's perfectly fair to point out that Home Carers who battled through the 'Beast from the East' to support their vulnerable clients are being treated as 'second class citizens' compared to other members of the Glasgow 'Council Family'.

But there's not been much of a response from Glasgow's MSPs and MPs which I find rather odd - not one question, comment, Like or Retweet - so far at least.

Yet the city's MSPs have lots to say about other issues and here's a random sample of what they were Tweeting and Retweeting about yesterday.

Lots of topical and important subjects for sure, but not a word about the shameful treatment of Glasgow Cordia workers and is you ask me, this 'lack of engagement' from the politicians is something the claimants are going to have to address in the weeks ahead.

Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister opens Meet the Researchers, a community science day organised by Glasgow Caledonian University held at The Barn Youth and Community Centre in the Gorbals.

Sandra White

What justification could have for objecting to being made a criminal offence? I hope he might come on to explain to us all why he derailed a bill preventing people taking pix up women's skirts...

Ivan McKee

Pleased to get the chance to thank the massive crowd who turned out today in solidarity with our MPs and to support the message Hands Off Our Parliament after the week's extraordinary goings on in Westminster

Humza Yousaf

To all my fellow Muslims celebrating across the world - Eid Mubarak for tomorrow! Enjoy your day folks

Bill Kidd

Active Seniors Day in the Park 2018 via

Bob Doris

I raised issue of unhealthy fast food shops near schools whilst seeks 2 promote healthy food in schools

John Mason

Pretty fabulous production of 'High School Musical' School, Coatbridge. Great singing, acting, and dancing by pupils. Well supported by staff. Great atmosphere. One of their best shows yet.

James Dornan

Great crowd full of optimisim and energy today at the Scottish Parliament. Delighted to show them my support.


Glasgow's Councillors, MSPs and MPs

Earlier today I sent a copy of my 'We Are Family' - 'Are We Family?' blog post to all Glasgow Councillors, MSPs and MPs.

What do the politicians - Councillors, MSPs and MPs - have to say about the fact that some workers are being treated as 'second class' members of the Glasgow City Council Family? 

A quick look on Facebook and Twitter will show you that Glasgow's politicians have lots to say, on a daily basis, on all kinds of topical issues in their local constituencies and beyond.

So let's see what they have to say about the latest revelation about Glasgow pay arrangements for the second class members of the City Council 'Family'.

I've have re-published below contact email addresses for Glasgow's constituency MSPs and MPs and here is a link to the City Council which will allow readers to find an email address and contact details for their local councillors:

Keep me posted on any responses you receive - good, bad or indifferent - and bear in mind that you have every reason to expect help and support from your Councillors, MSPs and MPs.

So don't be fobbed off and ask what they are prepared to do on your behalf.  


Glasgow's MSPs and MPs (01/05/18)

Here are the email addresses for Glasgow's 15 constituency MSPs and MPs which readers can use to raise issues and ask for support in the ongoing fight for equal pay with Glasgow City Council.  

Now I would just ask politicians if they support equal pay, because they all say they do even when there is little visible sign of support - or 'close engagement' as some might say.

So I would raise specific issues or questions which put the politicians on the spot to explain where they stand on:
  1. Replacing the City Council's discredited WPBR pay scheme which has been condemned as 'unfit for purpose' by Scotland's highest civil court, the Court of Session
  2. Introducing a new Job Evaluation scheme which is open, transparent and commands the support of the workforce
  3. Ending the WPBR's 37 hour 'rule' which was designed to disadvantage the City Council's largely female workforce
  4. Apologising for the creation of Cordia which has treated thousands of Home Carers and other staff as second class citizens for years 
  5. Condemning the less favourable treatment of women workers in relation to overtime working and holiday pay
  6. Demanding openness and transparency over the introduction of the WPBR and the role played by the City Council's senior officials
If people keep me posted about how they get on, I'll share their experiences  on the blog site - good, bad or indifferent.

Glasgow MSPs (Scottish Parliament)

Glasgow MPs (Westminster Parliament)


Glasgow's MSPs and MPs (08/09/17)

I sent all Glasgow MSPs and MPs a copy of the posts from yesterday regarding the  Accounts Commission report and the 10 year 'failure of leadership' over equal pay.

If you ask me, Glasgow MSPs and MPs have not been very vocal or visible in standing up for the rights of their local constituents in the fight for equal pay over the past 10 years, but let's hope things are about to change for the better. 

So here is a list of the MSPs and MPs whose constituencies lie within the boundaries of Glasgow City Council - engaging with local politicians and asking them where they stand will help to bring the fight for equal pay to a speedy and successful conclusion.

Here's a handy link names all of the various Glasgow constituencies  for easy reference:

I contacted all of these MSPs and MPs yesterday, so they are all up to speed on the latest developments and since the local elections in May 2017 Labour has, of course, lost political control of Glasgow City Council to the SNP.

The MSPs are all the same, but there are two changes in the MP list with David Linden replacing Natalie McGarry in Glasgow East and Paul Sweeney replacing Anne McLaughlin in Glasgow North East.

Contact details for Glasgow councillors can be found via the following link to the City Council's web site:

Glasgow MSPs (Scottish Parliament)

Glasgow MPs (Westminster Parliament)