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Blog Profile / Action 4 Equality Scotland

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Blog Post Archive

What a Shambles!

The resignation of Johann Lamont as the Scottish Labour leader comes as no surprise and represents an 'omnishambles' moment for the party north and south of the border. The beans have been spilled to the Daily Record which I've not read...Show More Summary

A Terrible Beauty Is Born

I've posted a few poems by WB Yeats on the blog site and I was reminded of this one about the Easter Rising in 1916 which was used by Martin Kettle as an analogy for the political changes that have come about in Scotland both during and since the country's independence referendum. Show More Summary

Performance Pay

I'm not sure what performance bonus, if any, Iris Wylie received in 2013/14 as head of human resources in North Lanarkshire Council. But if Iris Wylie received a single penny it would be completely unjustified and a disgrace, if you ask me. Show More Summary

Labour in Freefall

I missed the opinion poll highlighted in this article by Bill Jamieson in The Scotsman, but the Scottish Labour Party's standing at only 19% doesn't surprise me in the least. Because on the big issues, the issues that really count, like...Show More Summary

Supermarkets and Equal Pay

Everyone likes to be able to say "I told you so" once in a while, so here's an interesting report from the BBC's business editor, Kamal Ahmed, which highlights the issue of equal pay in the supermarket sector. Which I wrote about months ago, of course. Show More Summary

Politics of Health Care

Philip Colins spells out a number of awkward home truths in tho article for The Times about the politics of the NHS. For years everyone has talked a great game about putting patients in the driving seat when it comes to health care services,...Show More Summary

Worth Fighting For

James Bloodworth writing in The Independent sets out a strong case for stepping up support for the Kurdish fighters who are battling the Un-Islamic State in northern Syria and Iraq. A point that James refers to which I have read about...Show More Summary

Thunderbirds Are Go!

After months of prevaricating, North Lanarkshire Council is finally being dragged back to the Employment Tribunal next week where it will be forced to explain and justify its bizarre pay arrangements. Now as regular readers know theShow More Summary

Criminal Justice

Thankfully a Scottish court found this psychopath, Gary Lockhart, guilty of murdering his wife and young child, having rejected the ridiculous argument that he acted in a moment of madness and that, somehow, this diminished his responsibility for two brutal killings. Show More Summary

Ringing the Changes

The penny is finally beginning to drop amongst journalists south of the border that Scotland really has changed as a result for the independence referendum. The old Westminster elite, the ancient regime, that has been used to running...Show More Summary

Left High and Dry

I was speaking to a reader from North Lanarkshire Council the other day, a council employee and union member, who said that their union rep advised members, quite categorically, not to bother submitting an equal pay claim back in 2005/06. Show More Summary

Debacle of a Dispute

BBC Scotland's business editor, Douglas Fraser, does a good job of summarising the lessons of the disastrous dispute at Grangemouth which came within a whisker of shutting down the giant Ineos plant. If you ask me, the union reps involved...Show More Summary

Rich Man's Justice

The outcome of the Oscar Pistorius trial is a good example of rich man's justice, if you ask me. Because this is a man who pled not guilty to all of the charges he faced, accepted no wrongdoing for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which he described as a 'mistake' and lied through his teeth about firing a gun in a crowded restaurant. Show More Summary

Nostradamus in NLC (13/03/2014)

Lots of readers from North Lanarkshire have been in touch to say that the sound of chickens coming home to roost can be heard all across North Lanarkshire Council these days, which doesn't surprise me in the least as I said as much back in 2007. Show More Summary

Hot Line to God

I always thought that bishops and cardinals were 'good' Catholics, but I'm beginning to have my doubts as news reports from the Vatican confirm that Pope Francis has been rebuffed in opening the church up to gays and divorcees. But what...Show More Summary

Cost of Living

The headline in the is article from The Scotsman highlights a tiny 0.2% fall in the average monthly rent, but the real story is that rents have continued to increase over the past six years the cost of servicing a mortgage has fallen dramatically. Show More Summary

Shut It, You Slag!

The Telegraph's sketch writer made me laugh with his spoof script about Ed Miliband getting down and dirty with 'ordinary' Londoners in Albert Square. Now I never watch the programme either, but I do like the Ed Miliband writing style which is punchy, peppered with 'important' points and punctuated with dollops of cod philosophy. Show More Summary

Big Ticket Items

Feedback from the HBPC team confirms there are lots of 'big ticket' claims from employees involved in commission and sales. Because it seems to be common practice amongst employers to be excluded commission payments during periods of annual leave. Show More Summary

Union Membership

I double checked the figures I used recently calculate the level of union membership in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board (GGCHB) and, as I suspected at the time, it turns out I was being more than a little generous. Because according...Show More Summary

NHS and Holiday Pay

The latest new group of workers to get in involved the holiday back pay campaign are staff employed in the NHS. Incredible as it seems, lots of different job categories in the NHS appear not to have been paid their 'normal' pay during holidays and annual leave, so people have not been credited properly for shifts, weekend and overtime working. Show More Summary

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