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Thousands of women demanding equal pay set to march in Glasgow

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Tide is turning say union officials

Hundreds of women – many dressed as suffragettes - will march on George Square on Saturday to demand equal pay.

The women taking part in the Glasgow protests are part of Unison’s equal pay campaign.

Having won their legal case they are now demanding a “fair and transparent” pay and grading scheme and full compensation for the pay they have been denied.

Unison recently won its legal case and Glasgow City Council agreed not to appeal against a court decision last year over their grading system.

The local authority has agreed to "negotiation not litigation” and to discuss a settlement with Unison and other trade unions.

Carol Ball, Unison Glasgow branch chair, said: “This is not about robbing Peter to pay Pauline. It’s about equality and justice. We must focus on delivering equal pay now and in the future. The council did not want to pay the cost of equality in 2006 and ordinary working people of Glasgow should not have to pay the price of inequality with loss of jobs and services.”

“This will be one of the largest re-distribution of wealth in the history of Glasgow. We are rightly putting money in the pockets of Glasgow’s low paid women. But our fight for equality is far from over.

"There is plenty of money in society, it’s just in the wrong hands and the people of Glasgow shouldn’t have to pay twice for this injustice. The long march for equality will continue.”

Marchers will assemble 11.30am at Glasgow Green and will set off at noon. They will be led by 30 women dressed as suffragettes alongside a band of women drummers.