Blog Profile / Action 4 Equality Scotland

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Now That is Funny!

Scots comedian Janey Godley was at the centre of a minor Twitter controversy the other day as one of a number of celebrities booked to appear on a 'Jeremy Corbyn for Prime Minister' musical tour. Or JC4PM for short. Except that Janey...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I'm having some 'issues' with my broadband at the moment which mean that the blog site may not be operating as normal for the next few days. But to keep the pot boiling in relation to North Lanarkshire Council I thought I'd republish some posts from the blog site archive which deal with NLC's behaviour in relation to equal pay. Show More Summary

Council Bombshell (21/12/14)

The latest revelation to emerge from North Lanarkshire Council is that senior officials awarded themselves an extra £2 million (on top of their normal salaries) during the period when they were making a complete hash of equal pay. Here...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I've had lots of enquiries about arranging local meetings in North Lanarkshire to discuss a variety of ongoing issues on equal pay. Just to be crystal clear, I am not organising and advertising these meetings myself - as in the past people are making local arrangements to suit themselves and, of course, the various staff groups involved. Show More Summary

Weirdo and Narcissist

The ridiculous Julian Assange remains holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London despite being a fugitive from justice and being wanted by the UK and Swedish courts. The latest twist in this sorry tale is that an anonymous United Nations...Show More Summary

Elixir of Life

I have decided to treat myself to a copy of David Aaronovitch's new book - "Party Animals: My Family and other Communists - dark memories of Marxism" which I'm sure will be a great read. But to celebrate the occasion I thoughtI'd re-publish...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I promised the other day to re-publish some posts f rom the blog site archive regarding the pay and rations awarded to North Lanarkshire Council's chief officials. In the weeks ahead I aim to turn up the heat on the political leadership of the Council for its spineless behaviour over equal pay for the past 10 years and more. Show More Summary

'Fat Cats' Get The Cream (23/12/14)

I was intrigued by the comments from North Lanarkshire Council in response to this article in The Cumbernauld News & Kilsyth Chronicle which criticised council bosses over their big bonus payments. Now I've studied North Lanarkshire's...Show More Summary

Carry On Corbyn

The boss of the TUC Frances O'Grady is the latest to tell Jeremy Corbyn to get his act together as leader of the Labour Party. Not surprisingly, Frances has warned Jezza that Labour must focus on 'bread and butter' issues if it is to stand any chance of winning the next general election in 2020. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

I've had lost of enquiries about arranging local meetings in North Lanarkshire to step things up a gear or two in relation to equal pay. I'll have more to say on that subject in the next day or so, but in the meantime a kind reader has drawn my attention to the following two job adverts from North Lanarkshire Council. Show More Summary

Dad's Army

The Times cartoonist Peter Brookes is on a bit of a roll with his recent depictions of Jeremy Corbyn and the current Labour Party leadership. Using the release of the new 'Dad's Army' movie as his backdrop, Brookes invites readers to...Show More Summary

Compare and Contrast

The Herald reports on the prospect of widespread industrial action in Glasgow as the City Council contemplates cuts in staff term and conditions to balance its spending books. But just compare the trade unions response to their behaviour...Show More Summary

'Bob' the Baker ((11/08/15)

I read an article by Kevin McKenna in The Nation recently which wasn't just lousy politics, but lazy journalism into the bargain. Now Kevin seems to me like an Old Labour kind of guy who in recent times has morphed into a nationalist...Show More Summary

Lost Faith in Labour

One of North Lanarkshire's Labour MSPs, Elaine Smith, was at an anti-austerity rally recently at which she pledged her support to those opposing the UK Government's Trade Union Bill. Now during the long fight for equal pay Elaine, aShow More Summary

Start Your Engines (29/01/16)

Ten years after North Lanarkshire Council said it had put the whole issue of equal pay to bed, the Labour-led administration still has serious and unresolved issues with the following groups of staff: Sheltered Housing Wardens, Clerical...Show More Summary

Women Like Men..... (29/01/16)

Readers in North Lanarkshire will be interested to learn that NLC Gardeners on the old Manual Worker Gardener 2 grade (a relatively low grade) were being paid eye-watering bonuses of more than 90% on top of their basic pay, in some cases. Show More Summary

NLC Update (28/01/16)

The recent tribunal hearing involving A4ES and North Lanarkshire Council (on behalf of Sheltered Housing Wardens, Clerical Workers and Classroom Assistants) did not resolve the various issues that are still in dispute. However the Employment Judge did set dates for a full hearing in May 2016 which could last, potentially, up to ten days. Show More Summary

NLC Update (21/01/1

Tomorrow's tribunal hearing in Glasgow is about North Lanarkshire Council's stubborn refusal to accept that female dominated jobs (Sheltered Housing Warden, Clerical Worker and Classroom Assistant) are not of equal value to their chosen male comparators - a council Refuse Collector and Gardener (2). Show More Summary

Thanks For All The Fish

I was not surprised to read this interview in The Herald in which the outgoing chief executive of COSLA, Rory Mair, failed to say a single word about equal pay, one of the major issues facing Scottish local government during Rory's time in office. Show More Summary

Save Money, Shut COSLA (28/01/12)

I've just had a brainwave on the subject of 'pain free' cuts. Why doesn't Scottish local government do the hard pressed council tax payer a favour - and save money by shutting down COSLA in its present form at least. The self-styled voice of Scotland's 32 local councils - is a total irrelevance these days. Show More Summary

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