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North Lanarkshire Update

I'm not sure what's going on at NLC HQ over in Motherwell, but it sure is taking an awful long time for the Council to sign off the proposed agreement (MOU) over equal pay. I mean, how long can it take for the Council to approve a package of measures that have been under intensive discussion for months? Maybe news will finally emerge today. Show More Summary

Brass Neck

I came across this article from The Daily Record recently which reported on the costs of equal pay settlements across Scotland while highlighting the case of South Lanarkshire Council in particular. But I had to laugh at the comments...Show More Summary

SLC and Equal Pay (17/06/14)

Readers in South Lanarkshire are still in touch in a regular basis and tell me that the local trade unions, Unison in particular, are mounting a desperate 'damage limitation' exercise on the question of equal pay. Apparently, the unions...Show More Summary

Union Advice (05/04/14)

A reader from South Lanarkshire contacted me to say that the local Unison branch has sent round an email telling people that they have to contact the union's Glasgow office, if they wish to pursue an equal pay claim. Now this doesn't surprise me, I have to say. Show More Summary

Tickety Boo! (26/0813)

I promised to return to the 'Stewards Briefing' from the Unison South Lanarkshire Branch which was passed on to me recently - so here are a few extracts of what it has to say. The document is dated 26 August 2005 - exactly eight years ago today. Show More Summary

Three Jobs Murphy

Just the other day Jim 'Two Jobs' Murphy confirmed his intention to stand in May's general election to the Westminster Parliament. But now it seems that Jim might have to be accorded a new moniker of 'Three Jobs' Murphy as the Labour...Show More Summary

Crazy Legal System

The Sunday Times provides further evidence that the UK's legal system is run by people who lack basic common sense whatever qualifications and impressive credentials they possess. Because a man who has violently murdered his wife cannot...Show More Summary

Thick as a Brick

In this YouTube video a young car thief from Drogheda in Ireland uses a brick to try and break into a Mercedes belonging to a local pub landlord, but his missile rebounds knocking him out after striking the idiot in the head. The pub...Show More Summary

Mommy Dearest

I enjoy reading the sketch writers who cover the ups and downs of the Westminster Parliament because, at their best, they combine an understanding of politics with a great sense of the ridiculous. As in this report from The Times byShow More Summary

Religion of Peace?

David Aaronovitch writing in The Times draws an interesting parallel between Russia under President Putin, which has some of the trappings of democracy but operates increasingly as an authoritarian state, and the rise of fascism under Benito Mussolini in Italy in the 1920s. Show More Summary

Greeks v Germans

Here's something to cheer-up the Greeks - a Monty Python football match in which a Socrates-inspired team of Greek philosophers beat their German rivals.

Top Gear Vote

Rod Liddle agreed with my own observation about the wisdom of the Labour Party picking a needless fight with Jeremy Clarkson and the BBC's Top Gear programme. I didn't realise Michael Dugher acted as Labour's communications spokesperson, but on this form he should definitely stand down and make way for someone else because he's a huge embarrassment. Show More Summary

Guardian Journalists

Guardian journalists like Owen Jones are great supporters of women's rights so long as the good causes they support do not conflict with their political outlook which tends to revolve around a romanticised view of trade unions and slavish support for the Labour Party. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

No word as yet from North Lanarkshire's HQ in Motherwell, but things are moving behind the scenes apparently. So let's hope we hear something positive very soon. NLC Update (01/03/15) A number of readers from North Lanarkshire have been...Show More Summary

Sisters with Solicitors (22/09/14)

I noticed that this post from the blog site archive has a lot of hits recently. So I thought I'd publish it again because it is one of the few examples I've seen of a Labour leaning commentator coming off the fence and getting stuck into the subject of equal pay. Show More Summary

Flat Earth Labour (01/03/15)

The Times reports on a public spat between Jeremy Clarkson and Michael Dugher, but if you ask me the Labour MP lost the argument by saying that he had 'no time' for Clarkson before going on to admit that he has never watched the BBC presenter's successful Top Gear programme. Show More Summary

Stefan Cross QC (02/0313)

BBC 2 is screening 'Made in Dagenham' tonight - a hugely enjoyable film but one with a serious message about the fight for equal pay in the late 1960s - one which still resonates today, of course. So this seems like as good a time as...Show More Summary

Religion of Peace?

I find it difficult to reconcile claims made regularly that Islam is a 'religion of peace' when a mainstream Muslim country like Saudia Arabia can jail a man, and potentially put him to death, for the crime of apostasy - a charge which includes the heinous crime of pressing the "Like" button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians. Show More Summary

Chelsea Morons

One of the Chelsea fans involved in the racist incident on the Paris metro has been identified as Richard Barklie, a former police officer from Northern Ireland who now works for a human rights forum, presumably after retiring from the PSNI. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

A number of readers from North Lanarkshire have been in touch to ask what will happen if the Council fails to sign-off on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) next week? Well the answer to that is very simple - without a binding legal agreement (which has been under discussion for months now) all of the equal pay cases will go back to the Employment Tribunal. Same as before.

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