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North Lanarkshire Update

Lots of readers from North Lanarkshire have been in touch over the ongoing situation involving equal pay and the GMB union. The key point is that Action 4 Equality Scotland has been challenging North Lanarkshire's job evaluation scheme (JES) since 2007 when it was first introduced. Show More Summary

Then There Were Four

The Guardian reports that Tristram Hunt has withdrawn from the Labour leadership race because of his struggle to gain sufficient support from his colleagues at Westminster. The same thing happened last time round to Diane Abbott, when...Show More Summary

Harsh Words

The Guardian has some harsh words and good advice for the Labour Party over its leadership election contest. Now I don't really care too much about who becomes the next Labour leader, but if I were still a party member I would want to see the an open debate involving a wide range of candidates. Show More Summary

My Choice

I received the following email from the campaign group My Life, My Death My Choice which reports that MPS will hold a first vote on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill on Wednesday 27 May 2015. Now I feel very strongly about this issue...Show More Summary

New Kids on the Block

The BBC reports on the various official roles handed to SNP MPs at Westminster, some of which are not entirely clear at first reading, bit no doubt will become more understandable in the weeks ahead. Scottish National Party announces...Show More Summary

Live and Let Live

The Guardian's reports on Ireland's gay marriage referendum which has provoked fierce debate for sure, but none of the terrible violence and intimidation that is all too often associated with religion and religious believers in other parts of the world. Show More Summary

Laughable Decision

Graham Spiers calls the Scottish Football Association laughable over its decision to confirm Dave King a 'fit and proper' person to run Rangers Football Club. But the whole business has been a complete joke from start to finish, especially in light of the club's practice of paying key figures by making them 'loans' which never had to be repaid. Show More Summary

Girning Gers (09/08/14)

'Girning' is an good Scots word which means to complain in a whining and irritating fashion - and that's exactly what slung to mind when I read this piece in The Herald about the 'greetin' faced Rangers fans who are accusing HM Customs & Revenue of a witch hunt against the Glasgow club. Show More Summary

Tax Avoidance (05/05/14)

The tax avoidance exploits of the Formula 1 motor racing boss, Bernie Ecclestone, will attract a lot of adverse comment and rightly so, because wealthy people who move their money abroad or into complicated trusts often get away with murder when it comes to paying their dues. Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Here's my latest FoI request to North Lanarkshire which focuses on the recent news that the Council's chief executive, Gavin Whitefield is to retire early at only 59 years young. Now I think that lots of employees in North Lanarkshire...Show More Summary

Fife Council Update

Fife Council is another council where Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) has a large number of outstanding equal pay cases, 2nd wave claims. Now the council has been dragging its feet over these claims for years, but the good news isShow More Summary

Scouse Takeover

I hadn't thought about it until I read this thoughtful piece in The Independent, but Matthew Norman's spot on because all the signs point to a conspiracy which will result in a Scouse 'takeover' of the Labour Party. Labour and the unions...Show More Summary

Divorce Proceedings

Suzanne Moore writing in The Guardian argues that the Labour Party should begin divorce proceedings with the trade unions which would be a good thing if you ask me, because people like Len McCluskey are not acting in the best interests of ordinary Unite members. Show More Summary

Difficult Choices

John Rentoul has some interesting and amusing things to say about the politics of Westminster in his regular column for The Independent. Many commentators regarded David Davis as a 'shoe in' as leader of the Conservative Party back in...Show More Summary

Crying Wolf

The Home Secretary Theresa may laid into the Police Federation again the other day with a no nonsense call for the police trade union to change the habit of a lifetime and stop crying wolf. Here's part of what she had to say and you've...Show More Summary

Criminal Behaviour (09/03/15)

In another decisive move that ought to be welcomed across the political spectrum the home secretary, Theresa May, has decided to get rid of the ridiculous ACPOS (the top cops trade union) and replace it with a far smaller body which is fit for purpose. Show More Summary

Independent Regulation (15/04/14)

The Police Federation, the police trade union, is finding it difficult to face up to the conclusions of an independent report which essentially found the organisation to be 'unfit for purpose'. In the wake of the Plebgate affair, I think...Show More Summary

North Lanarkshire Update

Lots of readers in North Lanarkshire have been in touch asking how to contact and whom to contact in the trade unions, if they have concerns about the way in which their equal pay claims have been handled. Now I haven't correspondedShow More Summary

The Coo's Tail

Angry GMB members want to know why their union is at the 'coo's tail' (i.e. miles behind everyone else) when it comes to dealing with equal pay claims in North Lanarkshire Council. Now if you ask me there's no good reason for the present...Show More Summary

NLC Update (15/05/15)

The picture regarding equal pay and the GMB union in North Lanarkshire is becoming clearer by the day and it does indeed seem to be correct that the GMB restricted the equal pay claims of its members to only three years, i.e. for the so-called protection period under the 1997 Single Status Agreement. Show More Summary

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