Richard Leonard shows solidarity with striking Glasgow workers
Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter today:
I send solidarity to the thousands of Glasgow women who are striking in their fight for justice.— Richard Leonard (@LabourRichard) October 23, 2018
Today these courageous women write their chapter in the history of the labour movement.
They have the support and the solidarity of the Scottish Labour Party in doing so. pic.twitter.com/BP3245xVeA
I send my solidarity to women council workers in Glasgow who go on strike today to demand equal pay.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 23, 2018
They are the carers, cleaners and caterers who are society's unsung heroes.
When they go on strike, it's our duty to support them. #GlasgowWomensStrike
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and online SNP activists have spent the day trying to blame Labour for the Glasgow women equal pay strike.
Sturgeon said on Twitter:
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
Richard Leonard apologised in February for any role Labour had in the debacle.
He said, "The real battle we must fight to close the gender pay gap must begin with those low paid women workers. Those care workers, cleaners, cashiers, clerical and catering workers whose work must be properly valued and properly rewarded.
"And so I am pleased that we are now on the right side of the argument with equal pay in Glasgow City Council. Many equal pay claims were settled under Labour in Glasgow, but there was too much resistance, too much legal obstruction and for that I think we owe those women an apology".
A Labour insider said, "Nicola Sturgeon’s intervention today really is a sad example of petty party politics. The reality is Richard Leonard has changed Scottish Labour and he will always stand alongside workers in struggle - their fight will always be his fight. Nicola Sturgeon should stop trying to score political points and instead use her power and role as First Minister to once and for all sort this situation and give those council workers the just deal they are entitled to".
Richard Leonard responded to Sturgeon's tweet by saying:
Many women have already had their claims settled, but I have been clear that too many have not and those women deserve an unreserved apology and a rightful settlement.— Richard Leonard (@LabourRichard) October 23, 2018
Rather than playing party politics with this fight for justice, perhaps you should positively intervene. https://t.co/jXjMCI76aR