Friday, 6 March 2020

Glasgow's Equal Pay Oak Tree

Glasgow's equal pay claimants - along with their many supporters, families and friends - are invited to an event this Sunday on International Women's Day. 

Date - Sunday 8 March 2020

Time - 11.30 am

Venue - People's Palace (east side) 

The event is being organised to mark the planting of a new Equal Pay Oak Tree and in memory of the hundreds of Glasgow claimants who passed away waiting for their equal pay claims to be settled.

All welcome.


Glasgow - Sight for Sore Eyes (19/12/19)

Now here's what you call a sight for sore eyes - the location of Glasgow's new 'Equal Pay' Oak Tree which will be planted on the east side of the People's Palace in the weeks ahead.

Watch this space for further details.


Glasgow's New Oak Tree (19/12/19)

A number of readers have been in touch to ask when Glasgow's new Oak Tree will be planted.

Well, the answer is sometime in the New Year, probably March, but once a date is confirmed the details will be widely shared.

Because the plan is also to unveil a plaque explaining the significance of the tree to the citizens of Glasgow and visitors to the People's Palace. 


The Tree That Never Grew - Update (17/12/19)

'Great oaks from little acorns grow' is an old proverb which suggests that big things can sometimes result from very humble beginnings.

An Oak tree can live for 1,000 years, apparently, in which case it's not surprising that the mighty oak is also symbol of strength, resistance and knowledge.

So it's fitting that an Oak tree will be planted in the grounds of the People's Palace in the New Year as a tribute to Glasgow's long fight for equal pay and to remember the hundreds of low paid council workers who have passed away since this dispute began back in 2005. 

It's taken a while, but the Council has finally come good and that's due in no small way to the tireless efforts of Frances Stojilkovic who has been battling away behind the scenes and refusing to take no for an answer.

Now the Glasgow tree won't be as majestic as the one pictured above which is hundreds of years old, but it will provide a great focal point to remind Glasgow's council workers of their history-making fight - and for friends and families to pay their respects in years to come. 

The location in Glasgow Green is also very fitting because that's where thousands of striking council workers assembled  in October 2018 before marching on to George Square for a rally in support of their struggle for equal pay which continues to this day, of course.