Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Glasgow and Equal Pay

A group of Home Carers readers from the south side of Glasgow went along to see their local MP Stewart McDonald to seek his support in the ongoing fight for equal pay with Glasgow City Council.

As you'd expect Stewart agreed to take up their case and quickly fired off a letter to the Labour leader of the council, Cllr Frank McAveety, and here's what he had to say.

Frank McAveety
Glasgow City Council

Dear Frank

I received a deputation of constituents who work for Cordia on Friday 24th March highlighting their continuing grievance with Glasgow City Council and Cordia over the implementation of equal pay for female employees within the service.

The futile attempt of previous administrations to hive off equal pay responsibility though the creation of arms length external organisations such as Cordai has been exposed for what is was, an abdication of responsibility by the administration.

This is a matter that has been well documented and contested in the courts, all to the workers favour.

I am sure that you will agree with me that this matter now needs to be resolved as a matter of urgency, and one that ultimately Glasgow City Council needs to act upon.

This is a longstanding, historical injustice that needs to be righted and as Leader of Glasgow City Council it is incumbent on you to right the wrong actions of previous administrations on this issue.

Yours sincerely

Stewart McDonald 

Member of Parliament for Glasgow South

Now I don't expect Frank will respond because the Labour Group leader is running scared at the moment and declined my invitation to write a piece of the blog site explaining his party's position.

But good for Stewart McDonald, I say, because he's getting stuck in and highlighting the issues on behalf of his local constituents. 

So let's hope more Glasgow's MPs and MSPs get behind the campaign to persuade the City Council to face up to its obligations over equal pay.