An agreement has been reached in the long-running dispute over equal pay at Glasgow City council. The council, the GMB and Unison unions and the legal representative of other women involved have confirmed there is agreement in principle on a package of payments to resolve unequal pay claims. It is likely the payments will total more than £500m and payments will be paid from April this year. Thousands of council workers went on strike over the issue last October. Q&A: What is the Glasgow dispute all about? Schools and home care disrupted by Glasgow equal pay strike In a statement on Thursday Susan Aitken, the leader of Glasgow City Council, confirmed that an agreement had been reached. She said: "Almost exactly a year since the city government led on the hugely significant step of abandoning many years of litigation on equal pay, I am delighted that the council and claimants representatives have agreed an offer which I will recommend to committee for their approval in the … [Read more...] about Deal struck in Glasgow council equal pay dispute
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It has been a long and protracted process, but the equal pay dispute at Glasgow City Council now looks likely to be settled.Many similar claims have been settled across Scotland in recent years.But this one was proving more significant because of the number of claimants, the potential cost and the length of time the process was taking.Council leader Susan Aitken always stressed her support for the women involved.And yet she also faced a large strike in October - described by some as the biggest strike by women since the rent strikes of World War One - because unions believed the process had got bogged down.Q&A: What is the Glasgow dispute all about? Much still needs to be done - the claimants need to approve the deal and the funding arrangements need to be finalised.The likely cost has not been made public but is expected to be in the region of £500-550m.'Cherished assets'The council always dismissed speculation that raising this money would mean selling cherished assets, … [Read more...] about Glasgow Council gender pay dispute has been a long battle
Treading cautiously over puddles of January Manchester rain, a group of tourists from Mexico, Australia, France and Israel take turns to pose in front of Salford Lads Club, the unassuming community centre made famous by their Mancunian heroes, The Smiths. The lyrics and imagery created by the band’s lead singer, Morrissey, are forever associated with the Manchester of mid-1980s post-industrial decay; entrenched with accounts of stabbings, domestic violence and back-alley encounters in a city struggling to find new purpose following the demise of its textile and other traditional industries. Since then, the city has been bombed by the IRA and had its centre reconstructed; it has hosted a Commonwealth Games and witnessed three decades of rapid growth and regeneration. Along the way, iconic locations in The Smiths story have disappeared or morphed into a new guise: the infamous site of their second gig, the Hacienda nightclub, was torn down and a luxury apartment block raised in its … [Read more...] about This charming Manchester: is Morrissey’s city still recognisable?
The Sheffield that rolls alongside The Full Monty’s opening credits is a city of industry and clean air, hard work and culture, discotheques and football. “Thanks to steel,” the voiceover tells us, “Sheffield really is a city on the move.” These were the boom years. The rolling mills and forges employed around 90,000 of the city’s half-a-million population. In the city centre, the “Hole in the Road” (or Castle Square, as it was officially known), with its subterranean passageways, escalators and tropical aquarium, embodied a city looking towards a rosy future. But that was 1971 and the promotional film, Sheffield: City on the Move. Fast forward more than a quarter of a century, as The Full Monty does, and many of those earlier jobs have been lost. The Hole in the Road has been filled in. It’s these redundancies that underpin The Full Monty’s plot, catalysing Gaz, Horse, and the rest of the lads’ decision to, as one man … [Read more...] about Cities in culture: has Sheffield finally shaken off its Full Monty image?
From egg-shaped concert halls to skyscrapers reminiscent of big pairs of pants, China’s top cities are famously full of curious monuments to architectural ambition. But as land prices in the main metropolises have shot into the stratosphere, developers have been scrambling to buy up plots in the country’s second and third-tier cities, spawning a new generation of delirious plans in the provinces. President Xi Jinping may have issued a directive last year outlawing “oversized, xenocentric, weird” buildings, but many of these schemes were already well under way; his diktat has proved to be no obstacle to mayoral hubris yet. From Harbin “City of Music” to Dezhou “Solar Valley”, provincial capitals are branding themselves as themed enclaves of culture and industry to attract inward investment, and commissioning scores of bold buildings to match. Even where there is no demand, city bureaucrats are relentlessly selling off land for development, … [Read more...] about Put us on the map, please: China’s smaller cities go wild for starchitecture