Glasgow's Fight For Equal Pay
Don't 'Dilly Dally' - Sell The Dali? (April 08, 2022)
I can appreciate why the GMB's Gary Smith suggested that Glasgow City Council should consider selling off the city's famous 'Christ on the Cross' painting to pay for its equal pay debt to thousands of low paid workers.
After all 'People make Glasgow' whereas Salvador Dali's masterpiece is just a thing, however beautiful.
But a far better solution than the SNP 'selling off the family silver' would be for Glasgow's politicians to get their arses in gear and demand that Scottish Ministers get involved to find a just solution to this long-running, 15 year-old dispute.
Because in 2017 Scotland's public spending watchdog, the Accounts Commission, laid the responsibility for a 'decade of failure over equal pay' at the door of the Scottish Government - not just local councils.
A council spokesman said: “We’re negotiating with trade unions and others representing claimants. We will only know the cost of settling claims once we have a deal – and that will determine any financial strategy.”