Scotland's Largest Council Has Lost Its Voice
The result of union strike ballots in Glasgow City Council is a big vote of no confidence in the SNP - a 97% vote in support of industrial action is no mean feat.
In 2017 Scotland's public spending watchdog, the Accounts Commission, issued a major report stating that Scottish Ministers were responsible for the debacle over equal pay - not just local councils.
Yet in Glasgow local SNP politicians (councillors, MSPs and MPs) have been as quiet as church mice and have failed to hold the Scottish Government to account in terms of finding a just solution.
I'm sad to say the legacy of 15 years of the SNP in power at Holyrood is that Scottish local government has lost its voice.
Glasgow's Fight for Equal Pay (February 25, 2022)
Glasgow City Council released the following statement on equal pay which has been carefully timed to coincide with the trade union strike ballots coming to an end next week.
Equal pay claims - latest news (23 February 2022)
The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.
We reached an agreement to settle a substantial number of claims in 2019 - and it was agreed by all parties, at that time, that we would then seek to deal with new claims covering the same period.
While these claims were explicitly not covered by the 2019 agreement, the council has made it clear in discussions with claimants' representatives that its proposed approach remains absolutely rooted in that deal.
As a result, we can now update you that the council is prepared to make offers to settle new claims on the basis of the 2019 deal.
We have also always been committed to considering options to deal with what is often referred to as 'the gap period' - the time between 2018 and the eventual implementation of a new pay and grading scheme, and negotiations will continue on this area. We are currently working through options to finding a solution.