Friday, 31 May 2019

Glasgow - Such A Perfect Day (27/05/19)


Yesterday was such a 'perfect day' in many ways, so I thought I'd to start this one off with the famous Lou Reed number of the same name.

Because it's been a long, hard road since this all started back in 2005 and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since the fight for equal pay began all those years ago.

During this period my mother (a school cleaner) passed away after a long illness and my younger brother was unexpectedly killed in a tragic motorbike accident while on the journey of a lifetime through South America.

Both events took a big toll, obviously.

But after taking some time out I decided it was important to carry on and finish the fight Stefan Cross and I began when Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) arrived on the scene and challenged the discriminatory pay practices which existed across all 32 Scottish councils.

In terms of equal pay, Glasgow was by far the biggest and so became the last 'dragon' to slay which is why it took so long to win in the courts before reaching a negotiated settlement - because the City Council fought A4ES and the Claimants every step of the way.

So you can imagine how it felt reading yesterday's posts from the many A4ES clients who shared their thoughts and feelings after receiving their long awaited settlement offers.

Absolutely wonderful - perfect, in fact.