8,000 workers to strike over equal pay

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As many as 8,000 workers will go on strike today in Glasgow due to a “lack of progress” on equal pay claims, it has emerged.

The planned 48 hour strike, which is expected to cause disruption to a wide range of public services, has been organised by members of unions GMB and Unison.

According to BBC News, union members are angry at poor progress made on equal pay claims lodged by thousands of female workers – some of which have been through “years of Tribunal hearings and Court judgments.”

At the beginning of the year, Glasgow city council said that it would reach a ‘negotiated settlement’ to thousands of equal pay claims which had arisen from a pay and conditions scheme first introduced several years earlier.

GMB and Unison claim that the scheme in question had a far-reaching impact on female workers all across the city, leading to those working in roles such as cleaning and catering earning up to £3 an hour less than men in comparable roles.

They add that 10 months of talks and some 21 meetings held in attempt to resolve the issues have “gone absolutely nowhere” and that promises made by the council have not been kept.

In response, Glasgow council leader Susan Aitken said that she was “not entirely sure” why the strike had been planned.

“Negotiations have been continuing. We’ve made considerable progress in a number of areas,” she said.

“There’s going to be enormous disruption caused in Glasgow – and to some of the most vulnerable people in the city. [Including] some people who are at the end of their life, receiving end of life care,” she added.

Reports suggest that all mainstream primary schools, nurseries and additional support schools in the area will be closed over the course of the strike, while home care services, cafes, leisure facilities and cleaning services will experience “significant disruption.”

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