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Blog Profile / Action 4 Equality Scotland

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Breaking New Ground

The fight for equal pay seems to be entering new territory, if this article in The Guardian is anything to go by, with another front opening up against the country's big supermarkets where the largely female store-based staff are paid much less, apparently, than the largely male workforce which dominates in distribution centres. Show More Summary

New NLC Claims

A4ES has sent out well over 250 information packs to people in North Lanarkshire over the past two weeks, potential new clients who have still to register equal pay claims against North Lanarkshire Council. Now some of these individuals...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire

Here's a blast from the past - a previous post from the blog site archive about some of the shenanigans that have been going on in North Lanarkshire Council in recent years. Now there is still some way to go before things are resolved...Show More Summary

Gurus and Game Changers

Dan Hodges makes a clever case about the scale of the challenge facing Labour's new election strategist, David Axelrod. "Is the new guru a game changer?", asks Hodges in his Telegraph blog before going on to answer his own question in...Show More Summary

Unite Debacle

Unite's handling of the Grangemouth dispute last year was widely seen as inept, even within the trade union movement, but for reasons best known to itself Unite seems determined to draw attention to the debacle all over again. Now to...Show More Summary

The Wife Test

Here's a hilarious report from the BBC in which the Bee's political editor, Nick Robinson, gets after the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, for employing his wife as his secretary. Now you just got to laugh at the insanity of it all as Ukip...Show More Summary

Having a Laugh

Hugo Rifkind writing in The Times makes a better job than any politician of taking on the ridiculous arguments of Nigel Farage and his Ukip supporters. I missed the documentary programmes on BBC 2 and Channel 4, but I can just imagine...Show More Summary

Labour's Big Guns

Labour's big guns are apparently being wheeled out his week in an effort to steady the nerves of the No campaign which has been steadily losing ground in the great independence debate, if the latest opinion polls are to be believed.Show More Summary

Feedback from NLC

A reader from North Lanarkshire has been in touch about the recent reorganisation of certain male jobs within the Council and says that Refuse Workers were paid a lump sum of £1,300 and Refuse Drivers £1,800 - to accept changes to their shift patterns. Show More Summary

Lack of Leadership

Adam Bouton hits the nails on the head in this article from The Sunday Times in which he argues that the current crop of party leaders are incapable of making the Westminster Parliament clean up its act. To do so would require the kind...Show More Summary

Fruitcakes and Loonies

I watched last week's edition of Have I Got News For You (HIGNFY) which gave Nigel Farage and his friends a bit of a pasting. Now in the short-term this does Farage no harm at all as it's the kind of publicity that money can't buy, but the serious side is that Ian Hislop and Co. Show More Summary

Life and Death

I've just signed the petition in support of Margo MacDonald's bill on assisted suicide which is now being taken forward in the Scottish Parliament by her colleague, Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP. My reason for doing so is simple - the...Show More Summary

Dalek Politicians

As the teaching unions launch a big campaign to stop online abuse and thuggish behaviour towards teachers, via the internet and social media sites, news arrives from the NUT (National Union of Teachers) conference in Brighton that one delegate described the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, as a "demented Dalek on speed". Show More Summary

Stackridge v Beatles

I agreed with Euan McColm's analysis about the difficulties in selling Ed Miliband as prime ministerial material, but my interest shot up when I read the reference to Stackridge - a group I remember seeing live in Glasgow back in 1974, if I recall correctly. Show More Summary

Chess and Politics

Dominic Lawson hits the nail on the head with his assessment of Vladimir Putin in The Sunday Times. The Russian President may have his admirers like Nigel Farage or Rudy Giuliani, but he is no statesman or visionary and the comparison with Mexico is very apt. Show More Summary

CBI Cock Up

The CBI has made itself look ridiculous with its decision to campaign for a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum and Paul Hutcheon explains the fall out which has occurred subsequently in this piece in The Sunday Herald. Some...Show More Summary

Big Old Sexist

I haven't read a more patronising article that this one by Barbara Ellen in a long time, but it is still galling to see such rubbish coming out of the Guardian/Observer stable. Now I don't recall any supportive columns by Barbara Ellen...Show More Summary

The Hurricane

Here's a great article from The Independent newspaper which speaks for itself, as does the movie of the same name by the Canadian film maker Norman Jewison who directed 'In the Heat of the Night' - another ground breaking tale about racism and the fight for civil rights in America. Show More Summary


I sent this Freedom of Information (FOI) request to North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) on Friday which speaks for itself really. Because with the Council's job evaluation scheme and its pay arrangements in so much trouble I think there's big public interest in people knowing much more about the way these matters were handled back in 2006. Show More Summary

Focus on Inequality

The Labour Party has hired an adviser from America, David Axelrod, to help sharpen its focus on inequality according to The Guardian. Now I can do that for free if Ed Miliband is willing to listen, for example by pointing out that in...Show More Summary

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