Typically selective from BBC Scotland throughout this morning:
Council employees will start lodging equal pay claims for what a trade union says us a discriminatory pay agreement. The GMB union alleges those working in traditionally male dominated roles are paid substantial bonuses which aren’t available to those working in jobs commonly done by women. Glasgow City Council had a similar dispute and was forced to pay half a billion pounds to settle thousands of claims.
Would that have been an SNP Council, do tell? Labour maybe?
Did the GMB actually negotiate the discriminatory deal in the first place? No? Some other trade union?
In October, we wrote:
In the Herald today:
Almost 1400 women are preparing to launch legal action against their trade unions over the way officials dealt with historic equal pay disputes within Scotland’s councils. The workers, some of whom claim to have lost out on tens of thousands of pounds, are lodging claims against Unison, Unite and GMB under a new class action process introduced in Scotland earlier this year.
For more than a year from early 2018, BBC Scotland often featured extended coverage of marches and interviews implying that the current SNP Glasgow City Council was responsible for the wages discrimination against women when it had been decades of Labour administrations in cahoots with male-dominated unions such as the GMB that had been responsible:
The women have clearly found them out and are pursuing unions like the GMB whose industrial organiser for 20 years was Richard Leonard. I look forward to BBC Scotland interrogating him and their current leader Gary Smith, recently seen defending private care home owners against suggestions they might have been to blame for the care home deaths:
The BBC used to be openly biased against trade unions back in the 70s. It has only been since the first SNP administration that they have started to co-habit.
Only the UK Guardian gave even half of the full facts, pinning Labour but missing the trade union involved:
The dispute stems from 2006, when a new job evaluation scheme was introduced by the then Labour-run council, with the aim of addressing gender pay inequality. Instead, say the women affected, it entrenched discrimination by paying female-dominated jobs such as catering and cleaning less than male-dominated jobs such as refuse collection, despite them being deemed of equal value, because of a complex system that penalised people working split-shifts and irregular hours. The scheme also built in a three-year payment protection for men who lost out on bonuses, which was only last year ruled discriminatory by the court of session in Edinburgh. A 12-year battle has been fought through the tribunals and courts. Many hoped it would be expedited when, after decades of Labour control, the SNP won the council elections in May 2017 on a manifesto that promised to settle the claims.