Saturday, 15 June 2019

PayFest Tickets


Frances S is off on a well deserved holiday so for the next couple of weeks people can order PayFest tickets directly from me by email.

Just drop me a note at - markirvine@compuserve.com - with the following information:

1 Your full name
2 Your address and post code
3 How many tickets you would like to reserve 

PayFest 2019 is now just over three weeks away and the event will be a big night for Glasgow's equal pay Claimants along with their families, friends and supporters.

The fun kicks of at 7.30 pm in Glasgow's world famous Barrowlands Ballroom with host and DJ Paul Harper and live band Massaoke.

Tickets can also be obtained via the GMB and the local Glasgow Unison branch as well.

Glasgow's big equal pay party is a one-off event, a chance for people to relax, celebrate and let their hair down after all these months.

Looking forward to seeing you all at The Barrowlands on Saturday 6th July - and at the pre-party bash at the Van Winkle Bar and Grill. 




 

Coming Soon.....Mary, Jean and Jacknory!



Have you heard the story on Facebook about the two Glasgow cleaners who have worked together in the same school for over 20 years?

Allegedly, one (Mary) received an equal pay settlement worth £20,000 while her pal (Jean) walked away with a settlement of over £100,000.

I'm afraid to say the story is completely 'made up' - Mary and Jean are not real people and the settlement figures claimed are a load of old bollocks.

More details to follow.



  

Siren Calls - Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (3)


I thought I would share some more of the more unhinged comments on social media about the Glasgow equal pay settlement - along with my own observations which are in bold.


"I got an anonymous email to say a group of workers at a Glasgow school got £180,000 each!!!!"
Complete fantasy - never happened 

"Are you unhappy with the Glasgow Equal Pay Settlement Offer?
I'm afraid that's confidential and none of your business.


"We are not suing the unions over the 5 year rule!!!!!!"
In which case what are you doing? 

"I would never take any settlement knowing my friends and colleagues were only getting 5 years money and £17,000 if they were lucky."

Imagine having the arrogance and ignorance to criticise Claimants for accepting settlement offers after their 12-year long fight.

"No morals to stand in fake solidarity then when it comes to the crunch take the money"

Stop slagging off people who've been fighting for equal pay for years - without any help from the likes of you! 

"Listen I don't need to explain my business model to the likes of you..."
I think it's fair to ask why you require £100 up front and charge 20% plus VAT (ie 24%) of any settlement.  

"To be honest I don't give a fuck about professionalism"

Sadly, this is all too obvious to anyone reading your comments on social media.


Far from being the 'lucky ones' the Glasgow Claimants are finally getting what they've been fighting for - a fair settlement of their equal pay claims up to 2018.

The 'new arrivals' on the scene have contributed nothing to this fight up until now - and are not involved in the development of a new job evaluation scheme to replace the WPBR. 

The good old Glasgow word 'chancers' springs to mind, as a fair description of what's been going on, so here's a bottle of Brasso to go with their brass neck.



 


Siren Calls - Robbing Peter To Pay Paul 2 (13/06/19)

I know lots of people were shocked by yesterday's post about, but what's even more shocking is the language and behaviour of these 'new faces' on social media. 


Here's a sample of what these 'no nothing' critics have been claiming in recent days:


"Shocking distribution of public funds!!!..this £500 million is given out like a lottery.

"I am pleased for you all getting £500 million but it should have been split amongst ALL the Glasgow workers not just the lucky ones"


"I'm hearing some workers got £120,000...are your fu*king kidding me!!!!! The Glasgow unions should be hanging their heads in shame!"

"Shocking!!!....let's take £500 million pounds and give some people over £120,000 then others get £17,000"


"the distribution of the £500 million settlement deal has been shocking!!!!"

"To be honest I don't give a fuck about professionalism"

Now as I said the other day the individuals making these wild statements damn themselves with their own words - because they are just trying to stoke jealously and resentment. 

Whereas the reality is that the settlement in Glasgow is based on the length of people's equal pay claims, the jobs they do (or did) and their hours work - which is what has happened in every other council in Scotland. 

So the Glasgow Claimants are not 'lucky' - they're finally getting what they've been fighting for which lots of them have been doing for over 12 years.  

As regular readers know, Action 4 Equality Scotland is the largest Claimant organisation, by far, and has taken the lead in settlement negotiations - having led the fight for equal pay in Glasgow from Day One.  
     

 


Siren Calls - Robbing Peter to Pay Paul (12/06/19)



Here are a few of the readers' comments I've received in response to yesterday's post about 'Siren Calls and Noises Off'.

Well said Mark and A4ES xx

T

It's really shameful to try and divide the workforce with the suggestion that some Glasgow Claimants are benefiting at the expense of others.

A

Go A4ES great advice xxxx

H

The Claimants know A4ES has been on their side from Day 1 of this fight



Now the 'new faces' that have arrived on the scene in Glasgow know nothing of the agreement reached with the City Council because they were not involved in the 13 month long settlement negotiations - nor in the 10 year court battle which finally brought down the 'unfit for purpose' WPBR pay scheme. 

Yet they snipe from the sidelines by suggesting that many Claimants are receiving much more than they're due while others are receiving much less.  

Which is not only ill-informed and poisonous - it's a load of old baloney from start to finish because the unspoken message is all about 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'.

 


Siren Calls and Noises Off (11/06/19)



I've been catching up with the claims being made on Facebook that the trade unions in Glasgow are to be sued for negligence over their handling of certain  members' equal pay claims.

Now who this may affect and what the basis of any action might be has never been explained and, so far at least, the 'discussion' has focused on wild stories, anonymous claims and ill-informed speculation.

So if I were a Glasgow Claimant attracted by this offer of help, I would ask some pointed questions such as:

1) What is the basis of any claim for negligence against my trade union and how do you assess my chances of success?

2) Have you previously made similar claims for negligence in the past, have any of these claims been successful and can you kindly share the details?

3) Are you advising me not to accept my offer of settlement with Glasgow City Council?

4) Are you prepared to indemnify and compensate me if the amount recovered by your organisation is worth less than my current offer of settlement from Glasgow City Council?

5) How long do you estimate the legal process will take and how do you justify such a high success fee of 20% plus VAT (or 24%) of any future settlement?  

6) Will your advice be issued to me in writing?  

7) Will this advice be issued by a fully qualified solicitor who is recognised by the Law Society of Scotland?

The reason I would ask these questions is that Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) and Stefan Cross have been here before and I think it's fair to say that the position in Glasgow in 2019 is very different to what has gone in the past.

The recent settlement agreement reached with Glasgow City Council has been led by Stefan Cross and A4ES - and is not part of some old-fashioned, union stitch-up.

Sadly, it's not unusual for other organisations to turn up late in the day when all the 'heavy lifting' over equal pay has been done - claiming they will do a better job.

The thing that needs to be challenged, however, is the poisonous message criticising the agreement which has been reached and tries to sow disunity by setting one group of Claimants against another.   

Because that really is a load of old baloney. 

 

'PayFest' News - Van Winkle


The latest news about the pre-party PayFest bash is that 100 places have been booked online for the special event at the Van Winkle Bar and Grill.

See below if you want to join the fun - only 50 spaces are left, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  


‘PayFest' News - Van Winkle (08/06/19)


Our new friends at the Van Winkle Bourbon Bar and Grill have offered to help get PayFest started with a bang by organising a pre-party bash between 5.00 and 7.30pm on Saturday 6th July.

I understand lots of people are already planning to head into town early that evening to grab a bite to eat before the main event gets underway.


Van Winkle's speciality is BBQ which will be fired up especially for PayFest partygoers, it has a full bar including a big selection of cocktails, a fantastic beer garden and is right across the road from The Barrowlands.

 

So you couldn’t really find a better location.

In addition the Bar is offering to host a unique event for PayFest partygoers only that evening and will also lay on some drink tastings with Rebel Yell (Bourbon) and Eden Mill (Gin), if enough people are keen to attend.


The venue can hold a maximum of 150 customers and it’s important to reserve a place at what would be an early evening event for PayFest partygoers only.

Spaces can be reserved via the following email address - just give your name, contact number and number of places you would like to reserve.


Here’s a link to the Van Winkle Bar and Grill which includes details of the food and drinks menu:

https://www.vanwinkle.co.uk


See you there and across the road at The Barrowlands - where PayFest itself gets underway at 7.30pm sharp.


 

 


Corbyn's Labour



A big majority of Labour Party members and supporters are in favour of the European Union and back a People's Vote on the final terms of any Brexit Deal.

Which might help explain why Labour is languishing in the polls under Jeremy Corbyn's 'leadership'.

  

Sean Speaks Out (11/06/19)




I'm 58 &a half, never been in a fight, rarely have an argument. Worked at the dole for 29 years & had a good reputation amongst my customers. Calm, level headed & rarely swear, but fucking useless @jeremycorbyn makes my blood boil, the duplicitous fucking scrote.

245 people are talking about this

Jeremy Corbyn's 'shit leadership' of the Labour Party is driving many members and supporters to despair including Sean who has decided to speak his mind on Twitter.

  

Labour's Worst Leader Ever (09/05/19)



Here's an interesting graph which provides further evidence, as if any is required, to show that Jeremy Corbyn is the worst Labour leader in modern history.

  


Brexit, Anti-Semitism and Shit Leadership (05/05/19)



Tony Robinson is not your run-of-the-mill celebrity who likes to bang on about politics occasionally - he's the 'real deal' having served the Labour party at Branch, Constituency and NEC (National Executive Council) level for 45 years.

The reasons for Tony's momentous decision are:

  • Labour's duplicity over Brexit
  • Labour's anti-semitism
  • Labour's shit leadership

I’ve left the Labour Party after nearly 45 years of service at Branch, Constituency and NEC levels,partly because of it’s continued duplicity on Brexit, partly because of it’s antisemitism, but also because its leadership is complete shit.

22.6K people are talking about this

All I can say is that I can identify with all three reasons and I think it's true to say that under almost any other leader Labour would be miles ahead of the Tories. 

  

Labour's Worst Leader Ever (05/05/19)



Jeremy Corbyn refused to share a platform with other political parties opposed to Brexit during the great EU referendum in 2016.

Yet here's a Labour spokesperson confirming that Corbyn is working hard to 'bail out' a discredited Tory Government and deliver Brexit in 2019.

Against the clear will of the vast majority of Labour members and supporters who oppose Brexit and back a People's Vote on the final terms of any proposed deal.  




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Gardiner: “We are in there trying to bail you guys out...”

Why? Most Labour members, voters, MPs, MEPs, unions etc. don’t want Brexit. So why the fuck are you trying to bail the Tories out?

WTF has happened to Labour?

1,466 people are talking about this

  

Labour's Worst Leader Ever (29/04/19)



Despite the mess of Brexit and turmoil in the Tory Party, Jeremy Corbyn still has a worse performance rating (at -65%) than Theresa May.

I imagine this has to do with the fact that Corbyn is still firmly pro-Brexit event though the vast majority of Labour members and supporters are Remainers - who back a democratic People's Vote on the final terms of any Brexit deal.

    

Worst Labour Leader Ever (11/11/18)



Jeremy Corbyn showed his true colours over Brexit with the following comment to Germany's Der Spiegel magazine:

"We can't stop it. The referendum took place. Article 50 has been triggered. What we can do is recognise the reasons why people voted Leave."


Now the day after the great EU referendum the Labour leader called for Article 50 to be triggered even though wiser heads (even Tory heads) counselled, at the time, that there was absolutely no need to rush headlong into difficult Brexit negotiations.

So it has proved and Jezza is quite wrong to say that Brexit can't be stopped or that Article 50 can't be revoked.

What a complete fool the man is the worst ever Labour leader.