Glasgow women to march in their fight for equal pay

Suffragettes will lead Scottish demonstration in continuing struggle over grading system and equal pay

Hundreds of women will march on George Square in Glasgow tomorrow as they continue their fight for equal pay.

And as the UK marks the centenary of the first limited suffrage for women, the link to today’s struggle will be highlighted when the march is led by 30 women dressed as suffragettes.

The women are part of UNISON’s equal pay campaign. Having won their legal case they are now demanding a fair and transparent pay and grading scheme and full compensation for the pay they have been denied.

UNISON recently won a legal case on the issue and Glasgow City Council agreed not to appeal against a court decision last year over its grading system.

The council has agreed to “negotiation not litigation” to discuss a settlement with UNISON and other trade unions.

UNISON Glasgow city branch chairperson Carol Ball said: “This is not about robbing Peter to pay Pauline. It’s about equality and justice. We must focus on delivering equal pay now and in the future.

“The council did not want to pay the cost of equality in 2006 and ordinary working people of Glasgow should not have to pay the price of inequality with loss of jobs and services.

“This will be one of the largest re-distributions of wealth in the history of Glasgow. We are rightly putting money in the pockets of Glasgow’s low-paid women. But our fight for equality is far from over.

“There is plenty of money in society – it’s just in the wrong hands and the people of Glasgow shouldn’t have to pay twice for this injustice. The long march for equality will continue.”

The marchers will assemble 11.30am at Glasgow Green and the march to George Square will set off at 12 noon. They will be joined by the SheBoom women drummers.


UNISON working for equal pay