Equal pay settlement


Glasgow City Council and the equal pay claimant group represented by Action4Equality, UNISON, GMB and UNITE are delighted to confirm that they have reached an agreement in principle to a package of payments to resolve historical claims for unequal pay within the claimant group.



This does not represent the end of the process as a number of steps still require to be taken before payments are made. These steps include:


  • Seeking approval for the deal from members of Glasgow City Council
  • Seeking approval from the claimants
  • Completing the process of raising the funding to meet the cost
  • Finalising various technical agreements around, for example, how and when the money is paid to claimants.


This means that while payments will be made in this calendar year they will be made in the next financial year.


Stefan Cross QC from Action4equality said. “Since the strike there has been real and constructive negotiations. Neither side has got everything it wanted and both sides have made serious concessions so that we can both be satisfied that this is a fair deal.”


Once the settlements have been processed both sides are committed to completing the new job evaluation study and devising a fair and lawful remuneration package that fairly and properly remunerates the work done by Glasgow’s wonderful dedicated workforce. No further litigation will take place whilst that task is being completed.


Cllr Susan Aitken Leader of Glasgow City Council 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 coming weeks.


“We were clear that this was always likely to take at least a year and the sheer volume of cases involved and the complexity of the Council’s pay and grading arrangements were such that this was never going to be easy. My commitment to resolving this issue has never wavered and I have never needed to be convinced of the case for equality.


“I would like to thank each and every Council officer who has been involved in this at times extremely challenging process, the claimants’ representatives who have steadfastly represented their members and clients throughout and the claimants themselves for their patience.


“After a decade of obstruction and inaction, in a relatively short space of time we have now reached agreement which delivers the pay justice these women long have fought for.  I am proud to be able to recommend a settlement to right this historic injustice and I trust colleagues across the Chambers will support this deal and the work we must undertake to address the future challenges it places before us.”

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Independent public hearings on match day parking plans to be held


Independent public hearings on plans to introduce event day parking zones at Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium are to be held after sustainable objections were made against these proposals.


The proposals for parking restrictions around both stadia followed regular complaints from local residents and elected members about obstructive parking that routinely blocks footways, pedestrian crossings, private driveways and causes safety issues at junctions.

Under the relevant traffic regulations, independent public hearings are a mandatory requirement following the receipt of objections, in both cases, that relate to the potential impact of the proposed restrictions on emergency routes to the stadia.

The emergency routes, which provide direct access to the stadia for the emergency services, are currently traffic coned on match days, but this does not always facilitate effective enforcement against vehicles that are inappropriately parked.

The proposals for areas around both stadia include the introduction of permanent signs and road markings that would allow for more effective parking enforcement on match days.

The process for the independent public hearings follows a statutory consultation in relation to both stadia earlier this year, which led to detailed plans being published for wider consideration and further comment.

This has resulted in 1568 objections and 103 notices of support being received in respect of the proposals for Ibrox Stadium; 1190 objections and 15 notices of support were received in respect of the proposals for Celtic Park.

To ensure the relevant regulations are followed, Glasgow City Council has written to the Scottish Government to ask that an independent Reporter be provided to manage appropriate hearings in respect of the proposals for both stadia.

Dates and venues have still to be set for the respective hearings and the procedures for those hearings will determined by the independent Reporter.

All objectors will be notified of the request for a public hearing in relation to the proposals they are concerned about and have until January 23 to lodge their intention to be heard at the relevant hearing.

Other issues raised during the public consultation included public transport provision, the effect on supporters with health or mobility issues who do not have Blue Badge dispensation.

The relevant regulations being followed during this process are the “Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure)(Scotland) Regulations 1999”.

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Transport Secretary visits Glasgow for the Launch of Scotland’s First Low Emission Zone

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Representatives of major bus operators were joined today (20 December 2018) by Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson and Councillor Anna Richardson (City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction) at Buchanan Bus Station, to mark the first phase of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone, which comes into effect at 23:59 on 31 December 2018.

LEZ image

Buses operated by Stagecoach, First Glasgow and McGill’s which already meet the cleaner, Euro VI emission standard required of Glasgow’s LEZ, were also on display at the bus station.


Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I’m delighted that Glasgow City Council has delivered this milestone moment as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving air quality.


“We committed to introducing Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities between 2018 and 2020. Glasgow City Council and Transport Scotland have been working tirelessly, in partnership with the bus industry to deliver Scotland’s first zone which responds to the particular air quality challenges faced in Glasgow city centre.


“This is incredibly important for the oldest and youngest in our society and those with existing cardiovascular or respiratory conditions – but is also relevant to all of us who wish to enjoy cleaner air and less polluting emissions.


“We have provided over £10m pounds in 2018 to assist with local authority delivery and the costs associated with bus retrofit technology. We will continue to support local authorities and the bus industry in delivering transformative steps to improve the quality of our air in places that we live, work and visit.”


Cllr Anna Richardson said; “Delivering cleaner air is a priority for our city and I’m delighted that Glasgow is leading the way by introducing the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland.


“It’s heartening to know of the clear commitment of bus operators towards improving air quality and today has been a wonderful opportunity to see their investment in cleaner vehicles that meet the strict emission standards required by Glasgow’s LEZ.


“The council has worked closely with bus operators to get to where we are today and we’ll continue to work in partnership to improve services that are vital to the lives of Glaswegians.”


“Glasgow’s LEZ will initially only affect local service buses but by the end of 2022, its emission standards will apply to all vehicles entering the zone. This pragmatic and phased approach looks at the city’s overall needs and will ensure there’s no detriment to peoples’ lives, businesses and the vitality of our city centre.”


Paul White, Deputy Director of CPT Scotland said; “Buses are very much part of the sustainable and active transport solution to Glasgow’s LEZ and can help achieve the Government’s climate change targets. One bus can replace up to 75 car journeys, reducing congestion and improving air quality.


“We welcome Glasgow’s commitment to working in partnership with bus operators. The bus industry will continue to invest in modern, greener vehicles.  If the Council is able to provide an operating environment that prioritises public transport then we can maximise the benefits of this investment for the people of Glasgow.”


The Scottish Government has pledged to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities; Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between 2018 and 2020. These actions are based on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017/18 commitments.


Glasgow’s LEZ will initially apply to local service buses before being extended to all vehicle types by the end of 2022. The emission standards will be Euro 6/VI for diesel vehicles and Euro 4 for petrol vehicles. When the LEZ comes into effect at the end of this year, 20% of bus journeys (per operator) must comply with the strict emission standards, rising incrementally to 100% of journeys by the end of 2022.

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Low Emission Zone Indicative Signage Installed in Glasgow City Centre

Cllr Richardson on Crown St

With Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone set to be introduced at the end of this month – indicative signage that will raise awareness of the LEZ boundary has been installed at key city centre locations.

Cllr Richardson on Crown St

The prominent LEZ signs are positioned on the main approach routes into the city centre to maximise visibility.


The introduction of Glasgow’s city centre LEZ will be phased in from 31 December 2018, initially affecting local service buses only. By the end of 2022 however, all vehicles wishing to enter the LEZ must meet the strict emission requirements.


Whilst the city centre zone can be described as the area bounded by the M8, River Clyde and High Street/Saltmarket, the actual boundary of the LEZ second phase will be determined following detailed transport modelling. The positioning of the signs therefore is advisory and their installation intended to raise public consciousness well in advance of December 2022.


Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction said; “Our Low Emission Zone will reduce pollution from road traffic and improve air quality, making our city centre a healthier, cleaner and more pleasant place to live, work and visit.


“It’s important to raise awareness and so we’ve installed indicative signage so we can highlight to motorists and others that they’re heading towards Glasgow’s LEZ.


“Whilst it’ll be another four years before the emission standards required to enter our LEZ will apply to all vehicles, we want to raise awareness early to ensure that everyone is informed and has time to prepare.”


“The success of the LEZ depends on us getting our message out there as soon as possible and so we’ll continue to engage with individuals and businesses in the run up to the end of 2022. I’m also encouraging people to find out more about Glasgow’s LEZ and how it might affect them by visiting our dedicated webpages, the details of which are prominently displayed on the signs.”


“There’s a continuing programme of publicity, public engagement and events to ensure that everyone potentially affected will know about Glasgow’s LEZ well in advance and have the chance to plan ahead.”


More information about Glasgow’s LEZ can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ


National information on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones can be found at www.lowemissionzones.scot

The sign locations are:


Site 1 – Gorbals St approaching Victoria Br (entry to court at ped crossing west side)

Site 2 – Crown St approaching Albert Br (grass on east side)

Site 3 – London Rd north side (over north footway)

Site 4 – Stirling Road (grass on east side at motorway off ramp before Glebe St)

Site 5 – Cambridge St (east side at car park frontage)

Site 6 – Bothwell St after M8 off ramp over footway

Site 7 – Broomielaw (north side east of Washington St over footway)

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Cabinet Secretary for Transport visits Glasgow for the Launch of Scotland’s First Low Emission Zone

buchanan bus station

The Scottish Government has committed to introduce Low Emission Zones into Scotland’s four biggest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee between 2018 and 2020. These actions are based on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2017/18 commitments.

 buchanan bus station

Glasgow is leading the way and will introduce Scotland’s first LEZ on 31 December 2018.  To give individuals and businesses time to prepare, the LEZ is being introduced in phases, starting with local service buses.  By 31 December 2022 however, the strict vehicle emission standards required to enter the LEZ will apply to all vehicles.


The launch photocall is a chance to see a range of LEZ compliant buses and to hear from the Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Anna Richardson and the main city centre bus operators.


This will be the main media event in respect of the LEZ launch and thus there is also the opportunity to capture content that can be used at the end of the year when the LEZ comes into effect.


More information about Glasgow’s LEZ can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk/LEZ


National information on Scotland’s Low Emission Zones can be found at www.lowemissionzones.scot


Revised scheme of establishment makes it easier for community council’s to function

The council has improved its governance arrangements for the set-up and operation of community councils, the voluntary bodies that exist within statutory framework to represent the views, needs and wishes of local communities.

Driven by existing community councils, residents and elected members, the new Scheme of Establishment for Community Councils (2018), as it’s known, has gone through an extensive two-stage consultation process to produce a more comprehensive and easier to navigate set of documents.

The Scheme outlines the rights, responsibilities and obligations of both the community councils and Glasgow City Council and operating procedures for community councils. It also outlines the support that the council can provide to help groups develop and build capacity, including with increasing membership, conducting elections and managing assets and finances.

The review also changes some geographical boundaries to give a voice to local communities that historically have not been represented because their community council is inactive or they’ve not had enough members to form a constituted group.

This is the case in the north of the city, for example, where the areas of Balgrayhill and Petershill do not have enough members to form a community council in their own right. With agreement from Springburn Central Community Council and the Balgrayhill and Petershill residents who made representations, the area will now form a bigger Springburn Community Council.

The same is true in the south of the city where following representations from residents and elected members, the boundary will be amended between Levern and District and Darnley and South Park Village to bring the neighbourhood of Parkhouse and the area to the south within the boundary of Levern and District Community Council.

As autonomous bodies, one key addition to the new schemes the introduction of tools to help community councils monitor and evaluate themselves and their effectiveness. The results of the self-assessment tools can then be used in the future to develop the community council.

Following an eight day call-in period, after the City Administration Committee approves the report, if there are no further representations, the new scheme will be rolled out and all active community councils will be required to sign up to it by March 2019. Glasgow will then have 80 active community councils around the city, with provision for 94.

Councillor David McDonald, city convenor for communities, said: “Community councils are an important part of civic life. Among other things they can make formal representations on planning applications, make comment on licensing applications and apply for funding from the council for various ventures.

“We want to empower these groups to take more of an active role in influencing what happens in their local areas, after all no one knows better what an area needs than those who live in it.

“Having a clearer Scheme of Establishment, reviewed by the people who are using it, offers a solid foundation for our partnership working with them and helps us to effectively support these community groups in a variety of ways.”

For more information on community councils visit https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=17326

All community council meetings are open to the public. To find your local community council visit