SNP talk the talk but don't walk the walk
While I wish the strike wasn’t happening, I have nothing but admiration for the women involved. However, I feel contempt for a Labour Party expressing solidarity now when, in power, they took these women to court to deny equal pay. @theSNP and @SusaninLangside are working to fix. https://t.co/nbUt33HWgE— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 23, 2018
Nicola Sturgeon commenting on Twitter, sought to blame the Labour Party for what's happening in Glasgow.
But the reality is the actions of the SNP show their real colours. According to the Guardian, Lawyers for Glasgow city council wrote to the GMB union using Tory anti-union laws to accuse its officials of organising an illegal walkout by 600 street cleaners and refuse workers, and of setting up pickets that intimidated people not involved in the dispute.
According to the Evening Times, a teacher in Shettleston did not attend work during strike action, saying she felt uncomfortable doing so.
Later, she allegedly received a call from the school’s depute head, who said she should not return and “would not get another job in Glasgow”.
The council had sent out guidance to staff on the eve of the action informing staff they “may face disciplinary action” if they opted to strike.
Commenting on Twitter Labour's Neil Findlay said, "The action in Glasgow is legitimate industrial action in pursuit of a long-standing grievance. This can only be resolved through proper negotiation.
Glasgow City Council should not be using anti-trade union laws to attack those showing solidarity with their fellow workers. The SNP Council must immediately withdraw any threats of legal action."
Michael Russell, the SNP MSP, took to Twitter to attack the GMB.
I had forgotten this….turned out well, didn’t it ? https://t.co/kUlEXvTdFy— Michael Russell (@Feorlean) October 23, 2018
A Labour insider said, "The anti union rhetoric used by senior people in the SNP and the use of Thatcherite anti trade union laws to threaten trade unions and workers as a result of council trade unionists expressing solidarity with their fellow workers has exposed the anti-worker nature of the SNP. They try to be all things to all people but sooner or later you have to make clear whose side your on and sadly The women of Glasgow City Council now know that the SNP are not on theirs. They may try to talk left but when push comes to shove they act right”
“Using Tory anti-trade union laws to attack working people is something that the people of Glasgow should never ever forget"