Solidarity Statement on Glasgow Equal Pay Strike

In June 1968 female sewing machinists in the Ford car plant in Dagenham took a stand for equal pay in a strike that stopped production for three weeks. They succeeded with abolishing their lower “women’s rate” of pay and triggered a wider campaign and without the action implemented by the Ford women there would have been no Equal Pay Act of 1970.
The Equal Pay Act of 1970 was replaced by the Equality Act 2010, which gives men and women the right to equal pay for equal work.

In 2005 Glasgow City Council undertook a job evaluation scheme, this was intended to ensure predominantly low-paid women would get equal pay to men for equal work.
However, despite years of negotiating and false promises by the previous Labour Administrations since 2005 thousands of low paid women are still waiting to be paid the wages they are due in recognition of the Equal Pay legislation.

The Labour Administrations in Glasgow let down low paid women for many years and even went to court to prevent equal pay settlements thus using Glasgow council tax payer’s money to deny pay justice to thousands of their own low paid women employees. They should hold their heads in shame.

It is little surprise that the Labour Administration lost 13 council seats in May last year and the SNP won 12 to become a new minority administration. In the last 16 months they have negotiated in good faith but promises to settle are not enough. Promises don’t buy messages and pay bills. These low paid women workers have had enough and although worried about taking action and concerned for the people they care for and educate they simply can’t wait any longer.

Solidarity backs this strike action 100%. Our members are among the strikers and are the authors of this statement. Some say the unions are only now backing strike action to politically embarrass an SNP led council. That may have some truth in it but the fact remains the action is legitimate, overdue and necessary. All involved know the biggest culprits in this sorry mess are the previous Labour councillors who denied us equal pay justice and rights.

Many of us low-paid women cannot afford to strike but we feel we have been more than patient. Solidarity are very pleased that the GMB, Unison and Stefan Cross are all working together and that Stefan Cross has made it clear that if negotiations are to progress while strike action is ongoing, that it has to be with all parties.

Liza Farrell, Jenny Kiernan & Irene Lang – UNISON & Solidarity Members

Solidarity Conference – 10th November

Solidarity will be hosting our annual conference on the 10th of November. If you want to help shape the party, then join us.

We’ll be at the Pearce Institute – 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU from 10am (registration) until 4pm.

Tommy Sheridan will also be speaking on the day.

Some details yet to be confirmed, but will be put here when that happens.

Statement on Sheku Bayoh Case

Solidarity is disgusted at the decision to not charge any of the police officers involved in the killing of Sheku Bayoh.
It’s shameful to see that 9 officers, one of which over 25 stone and another with a less than perfect past (to say the least), can cause the death of an unarmed man and walk away without an issue.

The media, at the time of Sheku’s death, really enjoyed explaining that he was foreign and was reported for having a knife. Despite the fact that his hands were empty when he was approached, having a knife isn’t punishable by torture and death.

In Sheku’s final moments, he was attacked with gas and batons, all while being restrained. He ended up with bruises and cuts all over and a cracked rib. To tell us that none of these police officers were at fault during this incident is to tell us that the sky is green.

Solidarity stands firmly with the family of Sheku and will support any decision they choose to make.

Hope Over Fear 15th September 11am – 5pm

On the 15th of September is the next annual Hop over Fear event. Like every other year, it’ll be a blast! There shall be a screening of a condensed version of Braveheart from 10. There will be a march from Clyde place to the square.

At the event, you’ll see stalls, there’ll be music, lots of speakers. You’ll be entertained. It’s a perfect opportunity to socialise with fellow indy friends.

Included in the list of great speakers and musicians, is Solidarity’s very own and amazing Liza Farrel:

We hope to see lots of you there to help us show the British establishment that Scotland DOES want its independence.

Solidarity Statement on SERCO’s threat to evict over 300 Asylum Seekers.

Solidarity condemns, absolutely, the decision to evict over 300 Asylum Seekers and demands the Scottish Government, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council, to support the initiative of Mike Dailly of the Govan Law Centre.

This is a situation where no-one in government, or SERCO themselves, is accepting responsibility and one which even the relevant charities cannot address. Charity is therefore, not a solution.

The Home Office gave the contract to SERCO to house Asylum Seekers. SERCO is a multi-national company which, according to reporter Christopher Knaus of the Guardian‘, has an abysmal record in Australia, with allegations of fraud, covering up the abuse of detainees (in their private prisons) and even the mishandling of radioactive waste! They run 11 of Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres and in the UK operate six adult prisons. The infamous Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre helps manage healthcare facilities and provides critical support services to the military.
There has been a history of allegations ranging from tax evasion to covering up sexual abuse of immigrants in Yarl’s Wood. Also, they were under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for billing the government for the electronic monitoring of criminals who turned out to be still behind bars or deceased. They paid back £68.5m but were never prosecuted. They are the company which the Westminster government decided would be fit to provide fair treatment and accommodation to Asylum Seekers.

That is the company, Paul Sweeney Labour MP, wrote to asking if an equality impact assessment had been undertaken and asking them to suspend evictions pending a full investigation taking place. Good luck with that one, Paul. Thanks for nothing.

Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, also wrote to Sajid Javid, Home Secretary, who took the Pontius Pilate approach and washed his hands of the affair.

Mike Dailly, Govan Law Centre, has declared that SERCO is proposing to act illegally in evicting the Asylum Seekers. The Scottish Government and Glasgow Council must take note and act as quickly as possible to avoid further distress to people who have already been traumatised in their own countries. And give them the peace, comfort and dignity they deserve.

Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement calls on the UK Government, even at this late hour, to abandon the invitation to Donald Trump.

There can be no justification for a visit from this deluded individual.

He neither represents decency or diplomacy, which is shown by his deep disregard of humanity.

To extend this visit is to endorse the inhumane treatment of children in deprived areas of the world from Palestine to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an affront to democracy.

Solidarity calls on the US Administration to show some backbone and reign this megalomaniac terrorist in.

Describing Trump as a terrorist is justified, as he is intent on terrorising the rest of the so-called ‘civilised’ world and is responsible for continuing the suffering of the People of Palestine and children of South Americans fleeing oppression, whether that is physical or financial oppression.

Pat Lee & Jock Penman



Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity

Posted on June 13, 2018

Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity

The excitement in the Westminster Parliament today, when Ian Blackford was ‘shown the door’ by the Speaker, is pretty much a storm in a teacup. While Blackford was trying, in vain, to use Parliamentary procedures to get a vote on the latest Brexit bill, he was summarily dismissed by the boss in the House of Commons.

The Labour Party MPs sat watching the spectacle like witnesses at a road accident, refusing to step in and help either side. Afterwards their only criticism is of the SNP, while ignoring the real issue of the Westminster government ignoring the Scottish Parliament. They have nothing of any substance, to offer, by way of a radical alternative.

Yes, it is an insult to the Scottish Parliament and, by implication, an insult to the people of Scotland; however, the question now is, ‘What happens now?’. Does the SNP plan to demonstrate their anger with further walkouts, still using the out-dated, undemocratic form of government that exists in Westminster?

Or will they carry out the mandate agreed by the Scottish Parliament and call for another referendum on Scottish Independence. There is now a choice; either carry on in the quagmire of Westminster or concentrate on independence.

“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government

“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government in the debate on 12/06/2018. They have disregarded the devolution agreement, disregarded the entire purpose of a Scottish government and disregarded the views and opinions of the Scottish people. Even those who voted to stay in the UK support the Scottish parliament having a say. The tories have decided to remove that say.

This is not a move that would be allowed to happen in a fair and equal union. This is a power grab by Westminster tories and nothing more.
Solidarity will not stand back and allow the rights of the Scottish parliament to be trampled on by authoritarian dictators.

The Scottish parliament have a mandate to call for a second independence referendum before the end of this parliament. After this showing of disdain for the devolved government, it’s never been more necessary to use that mandate, call for a second independence referendum and get us away from these disgusting practises of the Westminster elite. ”

By Craig Duncan

Press Officer

Solidarity Day School Event 28th April 2018


Day School in celebration of two giants of socialism:

Karl Marx – 5th May 1818 – 200th Anniversary

Karl Marx was the most influential figure in history, analysing and explaining how capitalist society developed and how it works.  A brilliant philosopher and economist, he is universally demonised by those who support the free market of capitalism; which also means the exploitation of workers by those who own and control capital.

Philip Stott will explain some of Marx’s theories in a way that those attending may understand it better; so this will be an extremely important session for those who wish to understand, not only capitalism but socialism too.

James Connolly – 5th June 1868 – 150th Anniversary.

Connolly is also demonised by those who oppose socialism.  Apologists for the British Establishment would have us believe that he was a mad terrorist but he was one of the finest socialists this country has ever produced.  The British Army, under orders from Westminster, tortured him and tied him to a chair so he could be shot for his part in the 1916 Uprising.  He was an inspirational figure who wrote some brilliant pamphlets, books and articles, explaining

g socialism.

Tommy Sheridan will describe the life and times of a man whose life should be celebrated by all socialists, everywhere.

By Jock Penman