Fresh strike warning for sector
Unions have warned of more local government strikes.
Equal pay challenge warning
‘Huge equal pay challenges in many areas’ could be sparked if employers are forced to retrospectively delete pay points, chief executives have been warned.
Glasgow strikes suspended as equal pay deal reached
Public sector unions yesterday suspended all equal pay strikes after a deal was struck with Glasgow City Council to settle the long-running dispute.
London's councils are actively pursuing gender parity
As International Women’s Day 2022 approaches, it’s timely to reflect the progress being made as well as the challenges, barriers and biases still being faced by women in the workplace, says Alison Griffin.
Get back to basics on women’s representation
Women’s representation in local government is particularly poor, and equal and adequate pay for council work would be a start in systematically lifting the barriers to participation, says Sophie Walker.
Glasgow seeks 1,500 voluntary redundancies
Glasgow City Council has announced that it is offering voluntary redundancies to its staff in order to reduce its wage bill in the face of heavy budgetary pressures, including a £500m equal pay bill.
Glasgow praised for delivering £500m equal pay claims
Scotland’s local authority watchdog has praised Glasgow City Council for successfully delivering a project to finance £500m in equal pay claims.
Equal pay firm suspends activities
The company that led the recent equal pay action against Glasgow City Council has suspended all activities.
Capita defends record on treatment of workers
Capita has defended its treatment of workers after being labelled the worst major employer in the UK.
Glasgow secures £285m deal to settle pay dispute
Glasgow City Council has struck a deal with Legal & General to fund the settlement of an equal pay dispute.
A crackdown on sexism is the first step towards equality
For a senior woman in local government to be subjected to comments about her 'good breeding hips' is appalling, says Heather Jameson - and 'let's not even get started on BAME representation'.
Has the sector turned its back on the race to the bottom mentality?
We need to be honest in local government about the value of attracting high calibre people, according to Claire Kober.
Mind the gap
Local government has made progress in narrowing the gender pay gap since last year – but solutions need to be in place for much longer to have an impact.
Nottingham City narrows gender pay gap
Nottingham City Council has narrowed its gender pay gap to a mean average pay gap of 3.1%, down from 4.2% last year.
Union power games in Birmingham will not help create jobs
Paul Wheeler is sure the cause of the Birmingham bin dispute has its roots in a struggle over equal pay for equal work. What cannot have helped is a 'noisy inter-union dispute'.
Let’s call it a day on the phrase 'women’s rights!'
On International Women's Day, Leader of Westminster City Council Nickie Aiken - who says she has been a campaigner for equality all her life - asks if we can find a new phrase for 'women's rights'.
Glasgow councillors back £500m payout to end dispute
Glasgow’s leader has declared its long-running equal pay dispute over today as a £500m compensation deal was formally approved.
Glasgow agrees equal pay deal to end long-running dispute
Glasgow City Council has struck an agreement in principle to resolve historical claims for unequal pay.
Local authorities must pave the way on the Living Wage
If we want to tackle the scourge of low pay and in-work poverty we must acknowledge the vital role of local authorities and encourage more to commit to paying a Living Wage, says Tess Lanning
Glasgow equal pay dispute will cost 'hundreds of millions'
The equal pay dispute plaguing Glasgow City Council will cost ‘hundreds of millions of pounds,’ leader Susan Aitken has said.