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Reflections on the Glasgow City Council equal pay dispute

Gerry Mooney's interview with Lyn-Marie O'Hara examines the background to the pay dispute, her role in the campaign and her involvment in trade unionism. 

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This article belongs to the Women and Workplace Struggles: Scotland 1900-2022 collection.

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Lyn-Marie O'Hara outside the Unison offices in Glasgow.Lyn-Marie outside the Unison Glasgow City branch office, Bell Street, Glasgow, September 2022Lyn-Marie O’Hara was one of the key figures in the long campaign by Unison members at Glasgow City Council for equal pay. As Mags McCarthy indicates in her article on the equal pay dispute in this collection, this was a struggle that had a long period of gestation. Lyn-Marie’s involvement came to the fore at the highpoint of the struggle in 2018 and the five-year period thereafter.

Interview with Lyn-Marie

Lyn-Marie was interviewed by Gerry Mooney from The Open University in Scotland at Unison’s branch offices in central Glasgow in early September 2022. In a wide-ranging discussion, Lyn-Marie talks about her own involvement in trade unionism in Glasgow, the background to the Glasgow Equal Pay Dispute and the key aspects of the struggle with the City Council. She also reflects on the significance of the strike for women workers in Glasgow and beyond:

References, sources and links

The fight for equal pay: Glasgow City Council, 2018 - OpenLearn - Open University

BBC News ‘Equal pay strikes suspended as financial deal under way’, April 13, 2022:

Unison Glasgow: ‘Glasgow branch overwhelmingly votes to back new strike action’: (The long running dispute around equal pay and has continued even after the members were awarded a £500m settlement in 2019), March 7, 2022:,to%20take%20further%20industrial%20action



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