Friday, 29 March 2019

Glasgow's Fight for Equal Pay

Regular readers will be interested to learn that it was really the SNP 'wot won' the fight for equal pay in Glasgow City Council!

Tune in again soon to read about all the people, events and organisations who have been quietly airbrushed out of history - and who don't even rate a mention in this latest SNP 'community update'.


No 'I' in Team (26/03/19)

I've been following the Facebook comments on the now infamous equal pay award presented to Glasgow City Council's Lord Provost by the Evening Times.

Now the debate ranges from 'the Council can keep the award and stick it where the sun don't shine' to 'what a cheek the Council has holding on to something that really belongs to the Claimants'.

I can see both points of view, I have to admit, but there is an obvious issue about what to do with the award if the Claimants decide that they want to wrest it back from the Council.

Maybe the thing to do would be to give it to the Glasgow Women's Library and ask if they'll put it on display along with an explanation about the way in which the award was presented and why this has caused so much controversy?

Because people are understandably unhappy at the way the Evening Times went about things and it obviously does look terribly patronising for the Council's Lord Provost to accept an award that was really intended to recognise the spirit and determination of thousands of low paid Glasgow equal pay Claimants.     


Team Glasgow (21/03/19)

I enjoyed the latest pithy comments on Glasgow's equal pay 'team award' which I'm told is squirrelled away somewhere inside the marbled halls of Glasgow City Chambers. 

Now I agree with the general mood of the Claimants - the Council can keep the trophy because the way the award was organised and presented has left a bad taste in many people's mouths.

And it's worth recalling that the Council hasn't always thought of itself as being on the same side or same 'team' as the Claimants. 
For example, who remembers the Council's attempt to undermine last years historic equal pay strike in Glasgow with lurid headlines in the Evening Times about lives being put at risk?

More to follow on this subject tomorrow - so watch this space.

Just walk in and ask for it. Doesn’t belong to anyone in there. Plus we don’t need a trophy to show we won what everyone worked so hard for equality. 👍x


So true hen let them keep it xx


History will show who won the award so let them keep it x


They'll do a Documentary down the line about equality and Glasgow equal pay fight will be in the forefront. That'll mean more to us than a 'Trophy/ Award'.


Let them keep it cos ever time they pass bye it will remind them who won


It would be nice to see it or maybe walk into the chambers and say to them we want to see our trophy please 😂 😆 😝😂


They can stick it where the sun don't shine 😁🌞


bet she has it on her mantle piece


Its currently at the engravers getting her name put on it lol 🤣🤣


All trying to jump on the band wagon where was she on the days of our strike I don't remember seeing her ...we know who the real stars are and its defo not her



Glasgow's Trophy Hunters (20/03/19)

Great news for trophy hunters in Glasgow!

I have it on very good authority that the Evening Times equal pay award (see posts below) is squirrelled away somewhere inside Glasgow City Chambers, presumably gathering dust.

Now it would be obviously be possible for the Claimants to mount a campaign to have the Award put on public display so that people can see for themselves if the trophy lives up to its billing.

Maybe it would even be possible for Claimants to take the equal pay award home for a week so they can show it off to family, friends and neighbours?

The bad news is that with around 14,000 Claimants in Glasgow it will unfortunately take the best part of 270 years to get to the back of the queue.   


Patronising Claptrap 2 (19/03/19)

A Facebook reader posed an interesting question yesterday about the Evening Times equal pay award which was presented to the Lord Provost of Glasgow City Council last week

"Who has Glasgow's Equal Pay Award - and is it in the City Chambers?"

I have to admit that I don't know - I don't even know what the award is although judging from the photo below it looks like one of these 'plasticated' thingamajigs you sometimes see displayed on people's mantelpieces.

Who knows, maybe the award is in the Lord Provost's or the chief executive's office - or maybe there are plans to put the award on public display.

In any event I think Glasgow's Claimants deserve better than just being kept in the dark.  


Patronising Presentation (18/0319)

Well the Evening Times certainly stirred up a hornet's nest with its bizarre decision to present a special Equal Pay 'team award' to the Lord Provost of Glasgow City City Council last week.  

Here are some more Facebook and Twitter comments which highlight why this was a really dumb, insulting  idea.

Working class women in Glasgow are airbrushed from history. As an equality award is presented to the @LordProvostGCC in their name at an event they weren’t invited to, for a campaign the fought and won. #SWOTY #EqualPayGlasgow


We think it is absolutely shocking that the paper handed this award to the employer. 8000 women went on strike to fight for what they were due and they are being airbrushed out of their own fight. The Lord Provost cannot collect an award *on behalf* of our members.

Glasgow GMB

Be ashamed Glasgow City Council + Evening Times Colluders


Where was the Lord Provost on our march for equal pay?



Well said Mark x


Thanx mark had to be told shocking


It’s a nice gesture that this award is in recognition of all of us .. we ARE deserving of it after the battle we’ve just had ..(not to mention the wages etc that some of us lost !)
The recipient of it was a strange choice, wonder who chose her to accept it?
BUT well done everyone who participated in the battle men included, we don’t need an Evening Times Award to be proud of ourselves though!!


This is absolutely disgusting
This woman had nothing to do with this
Feel almost sick

SAnything for a free night out !!


Complain to Evening Times !!! I did


Why did she agree to accept it in the first place when she did not even attend any of the rallys or take anything to do with the equal pay?

All trying to jump on the band wagon where was she on the days of our strike I don't remember seeing her ...we know who the real stars are and its defo not her


I'm with you S - she done sod all to help us. Totally disgusting and why did Evening Times allow her to collect it?


This is quite something. The dispute in question was won by 8000 women going on strike AGAINST the council. The paper in question ran a front page implying those women were endangering vulnerable people by doing so. Plaudits off the back of erasing working class women, again.


We never voted for her we voted for Frances Mowat Stojilkovic for this award I’m raging that’s she has taken the glory 


Why she wasn’t embarrassed to accept that award on our behalf I will never know


Shocking she actually had the brass neck to actually accept this disgusting 😡


If you ask me, the Evening Times has shot itself in the foot by presenting this award to a representative of the City Council. 

Yet it could all have been so different had the newspaper bothered to consult Glasgow's Equal Pay Claimants and their representatives - A4ES, GMB and Unison.

After all the Lord Provost didn't turn up to collect the award by accident it's pretty obvious that there had to be some prior discussion and careful planning involved. 


Patronising Claptrap! (15/03/19)

The Evening Times had a special editor's award at its SWOTY 2018 event last night which was collected by the City Council's Lord Provost on behalf of 'all the women involved' in Glasgow's historic fight for equal pay.

Now I have nothing against Councillor Bolander, but if this award was intended to recognise the determination of the Glasgow Claimants, how difficult would it have been to organise a group of Glasgow's equal pay campaigners to be present on the night?

Frances Stojilkovic springs to mind, for obvious reasons and there are many others to mention in dispatches as well including: Shona Thomson, Jennifer McCarey, Rhea Wolfson and Hazel Nolan - to name just a few.

So the way the newspaper has gone about this seems extremely patronising if you ask me, since any 'team award' should have been presented to a group representing the Claimants - not someone representing the same Council employer which the Claimants had to battle for years.

And here are some of the early comments I've read via Facebook which seem to agree! 

Don’t remember the lord provost on any of our marches .. what a hypocrite.. and it only took her 13yrs to twig on we are deserving 


Where was she during our strike? Did she send a message of solidarity to support us? I never even heard of her!!!....


She was the one driving the Roller!


What a bloody cheek ! There should’ve been only one person picking up that award and we all know it should’ve been Frances Mowat Stojilkovic!


What a bloody cheek 


Absolute cheek crawling out the woodwork to collect this , only one person deserves this and that's Frances Mowat Stojilkovic, what a brass neck


Big Joke x 


Shocking we all know who should have picked up this award Frances Mowat Stojilkovic


Labour In Denial

The latest YouGov poll confirms that the vast majority of Labour voters (79%) think it's wrong, with the benefit of hindsight, to leave the EU.

Yet Jeremy Corbyn and his closest allies have now declared that Labour is no longer a 'Remain' party but a 'Leave' party. 

Listen to what Labour's trade secretary told the BBC's Today programme via the link below.

BREXIT: Labour 'not a remain party, Barry Gardiner says.

The Labour Party will not support cancelling Brexit but will support a second referendum to "stop a no deal or a bad deal", its international trade secretary has said.

Barry Gardiner told the Today programme: "We have committed ourselves to trying to deliver the referendum result... Labour is not a remain party now... we're trying to get a good 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. 


Brexit - Then and Now (10/11/18)

Jo Johnson explains his reason for resigning as Minister for Transport and Minister for London over Brexit: 

"What is now being proposed won’t be anything like what was promised two years ago."

We need a democratic People's Vote on the final terms of the government's Brexit Deal or No Deal - the issue is far too important to be left to a vote in the House of Commons.   


People's Vote on Brexit (07/11/18)

Support for Brexit if shrinking right across the country - a democratic People's Vote is the only way to decide if the Government's Final Deal should be accepted.


Where's Jeremy Corbyn? (06/11/18)

Hugo Rifkind doesn't pull his punches with this hard-hitting column in The Times which lays into one of the main Brexit backers, Aaron Banks, who is now under investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Banks now say that he regrets voting for Brexit and all the opinion polling evidence now suggests that a majority of the public support a People's Vote on the final terms of any Brexit deal - or No deal.

So where is Jeremy Corbyn when you need him? 

Because instead of giving voice to the majority of Labour members who support the EU's Single Market and its Customs Union, the party leader has nothing of real substance to to say.    

Arron Banks’s mission is political vandalism

By hugo rifkind - The Times

Whatever the truth about the Brexit backer’s finances, his interventions have sowed xenophobia and division

Arron Banks, a man who claims to have spent £8 million of his own money bringing about Brexit, now says he regrets voting for it because the process has “unleashed demons”. He is right. Those demons include viciousness, divisiveness and xenophobia for political ends. They also include smug stupidity. You will find variants of all these demons, true, across the political spectrum, but there is one man who is the ultimate avatar of them all, and that man is Arron Banks. Perhaps he regrets unleashing himself.
Read the full article via the link below to The Times.

Where's Jeremy Corbyn? (21/10/18)

Jeremy Corbyn likes to think of himself as a democrat, yet the Labour leader could be bothered to get his arse along to yesterday's People's Vote march in London.

Even though the great majority of Labour Party members support the call for a People's Vote on the final terms of Brexit.

What a plonker!

Where's Jeremy Corbyn? (24/06/18)

A good question from one of the Peoples' Vote marchers as Jeremy Corbyn is posted missing even though the vast majority of Labour members support a vote on the final terms of Brexit.

Somebody That I Used To Know

Cover versions of songs are seldom better than the original, but judge for yourself as Walk off the Earth perform a cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know".

Somebody That I Used To Know Now and then I think of when we were together Like when you said you felt so happy you could die Told myself that you were right for me But felt so lonely in your company But that was love and it's an ache I still remember
You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness Like resignation to the end, always the end So when we found that we could not make sense Well you said that we would still be friends But I'll admit that I was glad it was over

But you didn't have to cut me off Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing And I don't even need your love But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough No, you didn't have to stoop so low Have your friends collect your records and then change your number

I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know
Now you're just somebody that I used to know

Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over But had me believing it was always something that I'd done But I don't wanna live that way Reading into every word you say You said that you could let it go And I wouldn't catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know
But you didn't have to cut me off Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing And I don't even need your love But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough No, you didn't have to stoop so low Have your friends collect your records and then change your number I guess that I don't need that though
Now you're just somebody that I used to know Somebody (I used to know) (Somebody) Now you're just somebody that I used to know Somebody (I used to know) (Somebody) Now you're just somebody that I used to know I used to know, that I used to know, I used to know somebody


A4ES - Checking Your Details

In recent days there have been lots of enquiries to the A4ES office about the status of people's equal pay claims in Glasgow.

A4ES claimants can actually check these details themselves online and if anything needs updating, for example a change of address, this can be done on line as well.

The A4ES web site can be found at:

The procedure for A4ES clients to access the records system is explained below, but there is no need for anyone to contact the Glasgow Employment Tribunal office.  

If any claimants have particular concerns, the best way to raise a query is by email to the A4ES office    


A4ES - Checking Your Details

Lots of readers from Glasgow have been in touch recently to check on the status of their equal pay claims with Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) and/or to update their personal details on the A4ES records system.

You can now check things for yourself and update your personal details, as necessary, via the following link to the A4ES web site:
Click the  button on the Home page. You will be prompted to enter your National insurance Number (NI No:) and Password (Please note that neither your NI No: or Password can include any spaces, in addition you Password is case sensitive so you will need to enter the correct capital and lower case letters. 

If you do not know your password you can click the Forgotten Password link, this will prompt you for your NI No: Complete this field and select the Reset Password Button. You will then be sent an email with your password to the email address we have on record for you. (Please make sure to check your junk or spam emails if you have not received the email)

If your personal records need updating, you can either send us an email to: or you can select the edit button and advise of the amendments you wish to make.