STRIKE: Live Blog
We're wrapping up the live blog but before we go check out this Op-Ed from PSI General Secretary linking the local Glasgow Struggle, to the global union movement.
A few updates from the final day of picketing:
Here's a message of support from a Queenslie Recycling Depot worker - check out our coverage of the picket there further down the live blog:
Flashback to yesterday - here's a moving video of the minute of silence which was held ahead of the rally in remembrance for all those women who passed away without ever seeing equal pay:
And they're back. Pickets are up across the city and ain't no one crossing them!
Solidarity messages have come in overnight from across the world for the Women in Glasgow continuing their strike for equal pay today.
And with one last rousing chorus of "We are Family" by Sister Sledge, the Rally is drawn to a close
The strike action (and blog) will continue from tomorrow morning, with Pickets planned once again across the city.
"Today is the day when we make ourselves seen. When we make ourselves heard. We know why we are here! We are the women who are here because we are the women who are going to win!"
"We want no-more or no-less than what we are owed. We want to be able to look our daughters in the eye."
"I am a home carer because I care. I'm a union rep because I care. I don't need a council manager or chief executive to tell me my work is vital. If they won't value the women who do the work - then don't lecture me about my job.
We're not 'man' enough to be paid properly but we're women enough to be told that we're cruel if we pursue our legitimate right to strike.
Shona Thomson, GMB Branch Secretary and Home Care worker
The rally will begin with a minutes silence in memory of all the Women who have died without ever receiving Equal Pay or fair compensation for their work.
A successful picket at the Queenslie Recycling depot has led the predominantly male refuse workers to walk out in support of the striking Women.
"Do you want a cup of tea or coffee, love?"
Despite having barely slept for days, Shona Thomson is quick as a flash to greet the steady stream of workers, journalists, students and members of the curious public who wander into the GMB Strike Office in Glasgow, Scotland. As a Home Care worker and GMB Branch Secretary she has been on the front-lines of preparations for the Glasgow Women's Strike - the culmination of over a decade of legal wrangling, mounting pressure and continued inaction by the City Council to implement pay equality.
"It's been literally months of organising work- it's hard to think the day is almost here!"
Shona certainly won't be alone. Organisers are expecting over 8000 workers to take part in the Strike across the city.
For UNISON Branch Area Organiser Jennifer McCarey, the key to getting so many workers on board has been giving them the power over the process.
"Every demo, every action, every aspect of the campaign has been dedicated to creating a united campaign where everyone works together. The members were clear: we needed to build alliances"
"When the Council failed to make any meaningful commitments and postponed the negotiations the workers knew exactly what they wanted to do."
The voter-turnout among workers for the Strike Ballot was higher than for any City Council seat, with over 90% deciding in favour of the Strike.
The strike action comes as a last resort: the council has fought equal pay litigation brought by unions all the way to the Scottish Supreme Court.
But now, despite a raft of rulings in favour of equal pay - and after 10 months and more than 20 meetings - the Council still hasn't taken any meaningful action.