Thousands of women are on a 48-hour strike for equal pay.
More than 8,000 Glasgow City Council workers are striking for two days to “fight for the wages they deserve.” The women say they’re being paid an average of three pounds an hour less than city workers in comparable, male-dominated jobs.
The walkout is believed to be the largest of its kind in the UK. Many schools, nurseries, and other services have had to shut down as women workers providing home care, cleaning and catering services take to the streets.
Campaigners say they’re protesting a 2006 job evaluation system created to address pay inequality in Glasgow, which they say ended up unfairly favoring men. In May 2017, Scotland’s Court of Session ruled the scheme discriminatory. The City Council agreed to settle approximately 12,000 pay claims but unions say they’ve seen no progress after 10 months of meetings.
Campaign organizers say it’s time for employers and Glasgow City Council to respect the demands of their women workers.
Community members and leaders have shown their support for #GlasgowWomenStrike. But Glasgow City Council says the strike is “unnecessary” and “dangerous,” stating it’s “unnecessary because the council is absolutely committed to delivering equal pay and reaching a negotiated settlement — and dangerous because its impact will be felt most keenly by the most vulnerable people in the city.”