Glasgow equal pay women need a meaningful offer to avert strike, says UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea

UNISON’s first female general secretary, Christina McAnea will visit women balloting for strike action on equal pay in Glasgow today (Thursday).

Christina will take to the phone banks to speak to women across Glasgow about the ballot and why they are calling for strike action. She will also meet women in the UNISON Glasgow branch office to hear of their frustration around the equal pay settlement at the city council.

UNISON – with other unions – is balloting members and urging them to vote yes to strike action. Despite promises from Glasgow City Council to settle equal pay claims, thousands of women are still stuck on unequal pay scales, waiting for their claims to be settled in full. The council have said they may not be able to finally settle their debt to these women until 2024.

Christina McAnea, UNISON general secretary said: “Women in Glasgow City Council have had promise after promise on equal pay and this saga has been going on for decades. Making women wait for many more years is not acceptable.

“This is a debt owed to women in the city and must be paid. If it was the other way round, the council would take no time at all in starting recovery action to recover debts owed to them.

“The case is undoubtedly complicated, but it is not fair to keep Glasgow women hanging on. The council must not dump the terms of the 2019 deal. It must make a meaningful offer to settle this long-running dispute.”


UNISON is the largest union in local government and the largest union in Glsgow City Council

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Mandy McDowall, regional organiser, on 07903 846 427

Danny Phillips, communications officer 07944 644110