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Glasgow workers could walk out again in equal pay battle

A historic strike by 8,000 low-paid women workers rocked Glasgow City Council in 2018
Issue 2789
Around ten women strikers hold placards demanding equal pay

Workers workers in Glasgow strike in 2018 (Picture: Andrew McGowan)

Over 10,000 low paid workers at Glasgow City Council—and local authority‑controlled Glasgow Life—could strike again in their long running equal pay fight.

In 2018, thousands of workers struck for two days in Britain’s largest equal pay strike for decades. This industrial action brought £500m compensation payments to the predominantly low-paid women workers.

To resolve historic pay injustices, the Scottish National Party (SNP) run council also promised to bring in a new, fairer job evaluation scheme by 2021.

But the Unison, Unite and GMB unions fear that the council has been dragging its feet in implementing the new pay scheme and is refusing further interim compensation payments. 

Unison said, “It is unacceptable that workers are being expected to wait until at least 2024—six years after their initial payment—for the next step in addressing ongoing gender pay discrimination.” 

Meanwhile, this week campaigners celebrated the reopening of closed Glasgow Life-run libraries. 

Despite this, many Glasgow Life venues remained closed and the council is looking into making further cuts.  Workers should vote yes to strikes—and everyone should support their struggle.

Jim Main


Anti-Tory march for indie 

Around 800 protesters rallied in Glasgow’s George Square last Saturday to demand Boris Johnson’s resignation and Scottish independence.

The protesters marched to Glasgow Green, chanting, “Independence now,” and, “Tory, Tory, Tory—out, out, out.” 

At the rally, various campaigners drew lessons from other struggles for the independence movement. Fayrouz Kraish, an NHS worker and anti-racist activist, said frustration with Tory hypocrisy drove people to march.

“So many NHS staff put their lives on the line to save others,” she explained. “While people were doing that, Boris Johnson and his corrupt pals were partying and lying about it.

“People don’t want what we have now. It’s broken.”

Stephen Ramsay

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