Friday, 3 March 2017

Glasgow's Pay Arrangements



Lots of readers have been in touch since my post yesterday regarding Glasgow City Council's pay arrangements - asking what they can do to help.

Well the truth is slowly emerging which is great if you ask me, but I suspect there are council officials and union reps who know exactly what went on back in 2006/07 and would now like Glasgow to 'own up' and make a clean breast of things. 

So if anyone would like to share what they know on a strictly confidential basis, then drop me a note at: markirvine@compuserve.com   

I am also keen to speak with male City Council workers in the following jobs categories:
  • Gardeners
  • Road Workers
  • Labourers/Drivers
  • Gravediggers
  • Refuse Collectors
  • Road Sweepers
  • Refuse Drivers
  • Sign Shop Operatives
  • Waste Disposal Operatives 
Employees doing similar jobs in North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire provided me with valuable information which helped the women workers in those two councils to settle their long-running equal pay claims.

Because the aim of equal pay was never about lowering the pay of the male workforce - the aim was always about increasing the pay of thousands of female dominated jobs which had been so badly undervalued and underpaid for years.

  

Glasgow's Pay Arrangements (02/03/17)


A contact of mine in Glasgow City Council has been in touch to say that a 'deal' was done between the Council and the trade unions back in 2006 - before the (WPBR) Workforce Pay and Benefits Review was introduced in 2007.

Apparently, this 'deal' with the unions guaranteed more favourable treatment to the Council's traditional male, bonus earning jobs - compared to women Council workers in non-bonus earning jobs (carers, cooks, cleaners, catering workers and so on).

Now if this proves to be correct, Glasgow will have behaved in exactly the same way as its near neighbours in North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Councils both of which are Labour-run councils, of course. 

I can't think of a bigger bombshell, I have to say, because this would be the equivalent of finding a 'smoking gun' after years of hand-to-hand combat with the City Council over its handling of equal pay.

So I am patiently waiting on further details and if my Glasgow contact comes up with the goods, I'll share the details on the blog site.