Blog Profile / Action 4 Equality Scotland


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Archived Since:May 7, 2010

Blog Post Archive

North Lanarkshire Update

A fog of mystery surrounds the chain of events which led to the GMB union leaving the settlement negotiations with North Lanarkshire Council in the latter part of 2014. As regular readers know the GMB's involvement in these discussions...Show More Summary

Leadership Material

Dan Hodges wrote an interesting article for the Total Politics web site with the thought provoking strap line "What happens if Corbyn wins?". The full piece can be read via the following link, but it seems inevitable to me that civil...Show More Summary

Political Suicide (24/07/15)

Michael White writing in The Guardian had some interesting thoughts on Tony Blair's intervention in the Labour leadership contest and concludes by comparing the fate of Syriza in Greece to the current madness over Jeremy Corbyn's chances of winning the Labour crown. Show More Summary

Unfinished Business

The Scotsman ran an interesting story the other day about soaring sickness levels in the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). The full article can be read via this link to The Scotsman, but apparently the service has lost 570,000 hoursShow More Summary

Wrong End of Telescope (8/1/12)

A worker in the Scottish Amubulance Sevice (SAS) has been in touch by e-mail - to put over a rather different point of view in the long-running SAS 'rest breaks' dispute. So I said that I would summarise the key points - which I presume are supported by the three trade unions - GMB, Unison and Unite. Show More Summary

Ambulance Service (19/12/11)

I have finally received a response to my FOI 'review request' - to the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS). I am going to publish their reply tomorrow along with my thoughts on what the SAS has to say - but in the meantime here's a reminder of what I was asking the SAS about - their policy on 'rest breaks'. Show More Summary

Money, Money, Money (06/01/12)

Here's how BBC Scotland have just reported the latest twist in the ambulance workers dispute. Apparently members of Unite have apparently rejected their own union's advice and voted No to the new offer by 62%. Although we don't know yet how many ballot papers were sent out and how many ballot papers were returned. Show More Summary

SAS Dispute (11/01/12)

If the letters page in The Herald newspaper is anything to go by - the public have now woken up to the fact that the long running dispute in the Scottish Ambulance Service - over 'rest breaks' - is a complete disgrace. Here are two letters published by The Herald the other day - which speak for themselves. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Here are some kind words from a reader in North Lanarkshire, one of the 500 or so GMB members whose equal pay claims have still to be settled because of a bizarre decision taken by their trade union to restrict its own members claims to only three years. Show More Summary

Glasgow Crash (24/07/15)

Three disturbing issues have emerged, so far, from the fatal accident inquiry into the Glasgow bin lorry crash which is reported here by the BBC. The first is that the Glasgow City Council driver had 'blacked out' on a previous occasion in 2010 while working in a different job with First Bus Glasgow. Show More Summary

Glasgow Crash (08/01/15)

I can't be the only person who thinks that the powers that be are taking an inordinate length of time to publish their report on the Glasgow bin lorry crash which killed 6 pedestrians just before Christmas. What can possibly take the...Show More Summary

Money Down the Drain

Trade union members in Scotland will be interested to know that while the fight for equal pay has been in full flow, union bosses have been wasting a small fortune in trying to sell Ed Miliband to the nation. In the run up to the recent...Show More Summary

Cleaning Up Politics (23/11/11)

The Committee for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) released a report yesterday with the declared aim of cleaning up politics in the UK. Good, about time too, because there's much that's still wrong with our system - not least that our politicians make up the rules to suit themselves. Show More Summary

Private Eye

I do my bit to boost interest in Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, by sharing occasional articles on the blog site, but the most effective way of supporting the Eye is to buy the magazine, of course....Show More Summary

Dizzy for Decades

The BBC reports that the driver of the Glasgow bin lorry which killed six people had been suffering from spells of dizziness and fainting for decades before being behind the wheel on the day of this fatal accident. Now it's impossible...Show More Summary

Wall of Silence (27/01/15)

I have to agree with John Morton, the brother of one of the victims of the terrible bin lorry crash, which occurred in Glasgow just before Christmas. What can possibly be taking the authorities so long to make a proper statement putting the facts of what happened into the public domain. Show More Summary

The Satan Bug

Not many people know Dave Ward, but he's a big bluff chap who has a day job as the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU). But the other day Dave was given the task of announcing that some faceless committee of his...Show More Summary

Lordly Buffoon (24/07/15)

Lord John Prescott is in the news again, fanning the flames of Labour's leadership crisis, by attacking his old boss Tony Blair for using 'abusive' language. Now this is a bit torch coming from old 'Two Jags' Prescott who got in hot water himself a little while back for describing a Labour colleague as 'Chumbawamba'. Show More Summary

Unrepresentative Unions

I read recently that 43,000 Unison members have a vote in the ballot that is about to get underway to elect a new leader for the Labour party. Now according to my calculations this means that out of a total of 1.3 million Unison members, only a tiny proportion amounting to 3.3 per cent share their union's enthusiasm for the Labour party. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I have received a great response to yesterday's post about holding a meeting or two in North Lanarkshire for GMB members who are still being given the run around over their equal pay claims. One reader has been in touch to say that the...Show More Summary

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