Gilets Jerks

So, our friends in the hard-left rouge faction, are now calling upon our members to take part in illegal activities. Let’s be like the French, don the yellow vests and lets stop putting up with this vile Tory government”. They are calling on members to attend the up-and-coming demonstration in London on 12 January 2019, organised by the People’s assembly the campaign for a general election. As you will no doubt recall, the activities of Gilets Jaunes in Paris towards the end of 2018, involved acts of violence, vandalism and disorder. This behaviour cause d a number of innocent members of the public to be injured by those involved in these activities.

Unison action broad left, seem to be of the belief that is okay to involve our members in this type of criminal activity. Clearly, they have no concerns to the welfare and well-being of our members, and are content to use them is Canon fodder in support of their own aims. This attitude is totally reckless and not what our trade union is about. Unison has a long tradition of peaceful protest in support of its aims and objectives. Unison has never condoned the use of violence or aggression to support its policies. The call on members to act in a violent and criminal manner, exemplifies the attitude the hard-left faction when it comes to supporting our members. They seem content to put them in harm’s way and to make them into criminals.

These people are nothing more than anarchists masquerading as socialists, they bring shame upon the trade union movement. Some of these people will be looking to get elected to UNISON’s NEC in the very near future. While we are on this subject it is worth noting that the hard-left faction is fearful of paid officials attending their branch meetings. You have to ask why? Well it is clear they have something to hide and are now claiming that paid officials cannot attend branch meetings. This is of course nonsense! Accountability and working within the union’s rules are something they fear. If they have nothing to hide, why are they against it?

It is worth noting that one of the shady characters that is not a UNISON member makes comment on UNISON’s rules. Why is this person interested in the activities of UNISON? They claim to be an authority, however this Socialist party member has a little too much to do with the business of unison action broad left, why is this?

Their real agenda will become more apparent, although if you take time to look, it is plain for all to see. They are happy to cast members into the dust and use them in support of their fantasy politics driven by the SWP/Socialist party agenda. Remember the rouge faction are not recognised by UNISON and are classed as an outside body; there is good reason for this.

Thanks for reading

GI Jane

Claims that UNISON is anti-democratic are bogus

Below is a breakdown of the facts relating to the unison action statement on the recent NEC decision on the election procedures. The original text of the statement is in italics  and the commentary in red.

UNION DEMOCRACY AND RIGHT TO CAMPAIGN UNDER THREAT.

At the 6th December NEC a new set of elections procedures were passed that we believe are not only a breach of the rules of the union but also of our conference policy.    

There is no breach of UNISON’s rules, the election procedures are within the law and within UNISON’s rules and has little to do with conference policy.    

The new election procedure states:

“No nominee or candidate shall invite or accept any donation or contribution in money or kind from any organisation or company, including from any provider of goods or services to UNISON, any political party or any employer in which unison organises.  For the avoidance of doubt an outside organisation or company includes but is not limited to an organisation, club, association or other entity which consists wholly or partly of UNISON members and is not provided for in UNISON rules. In determining whether or not something fits into this category, income resources and formal structures would be considered .This is not an exhaustive list.”

Who would have any issue with this? Why would the union want outside interference in its procedures? It would not be acceptable to have a political party or organisation supporting candidates. It is a reasonable expectation that those standing for office support the aims, objectives, values and rules of our union. It is worth noting that the hard-left faction asked for the definition of an outside organisation and they clearly fall into this category. Claims that they are a grass roots movement of unison members campaigning from within can easily be disproven. There is a plethora of evidence to demonstrate that they do not work within the rules of the union, that they actively campaign against the aims and objectives of they union, that they bully and harass officials of the union and that their interests are not those of the union.  There is overwhelming evidence that they are backed by the rape apologist SWP and the militant Socialist party.

Not satisfied with Banning members of political parties or organisations campaigning last year in the SGE elections in support of their members, the union is now effectively banning any group of unison members getting together to campaign.

This claim is not factual, the union is not banning members, it is preventing outside organisations from campaigning against the union and having undue influence over its democratic processes. Unison action broad left is not a democratic organistation, it does not comply with UNISON’s rules, procedures or protocols. As demonstrated at the NEC meeting of the 6th December 2018, they do not support collective responsibility or accountability. They are not recognised by UNISON, they actively campaign against UNISON, they use bullying and harassing tactics in support of their own aims.

UNISON is a listening union that encourages members to engage with its democratic processes within the rules of the union. The hard-left faction does not operate within the rules of the union and are backed by extremist political groups.

This is clearly aimed at trying to ban and silence UnisonAction from campaigning in the forthcoming NEC elections. It is our view that this is a clear breach of the rules of the union.

Unison action have determined their own destiny by virtue of their actions and activities. They have self-determined their own status outside of UNISON’s rules. As an independent trade union, UNISON can determine its own rules and procedures within the law outside of the influence of external bodies. There is no breach of UNISON’s rules here.        

The right of members to campaign is specifically provided for in Rule B2.5 and our national conference in 2001 further clarified this when it passed composite I contained in the democracy in unison guidelines.

Rule B2.5 states:

To promote and safeguard the rights of members to have an adequate opportunity to participate in the initiation and development of policy making, through meetings, conferences, delegations or ballots, and to encourage the maximum democratic debate, together with the right to campaign to change policy, while at all times acting within the rules and agreed policy.

The Democracy in UNISON guidelines (link below) are a clear and unambiguous set of principles.

https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2013/06/On-line-Catalogue133053.pdf

The NEC is bound by Rule D2.1 “not do anything that is inconsistent with these Rules or the policy of the Union as laid down by the National Delegate Conference”. 

The arbitrary selection of sentences from particular rules is disingenuous, as it removes the context. As with all things, rules cannot be read in isolation. The suggestion or rather allegation here, is that the NEC have acted outside of the rules. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is just another example of wishful thinking on behalf of the faction. As the DIU guidelines state Outside bodies should not be able to seek to undermine the established and agreed policies of the union”. This is clear and unambiguous. Therefore, the NEC is acting within the rules, guidance and policy of the union.

Rule D 2.1 states:

FUNCTIONS AND AUTHORITY

The general management and control of the Union between National Delegate Conferences shall be vested in the National Executive Council, which shall comprise representatives elected from the Regions and Service Groups plus four national black members’ seats, two young members’ seats and two disabled members’ seats. It shall have full power and authority to act  on behalf of the Union in every respect and for every purpose falling within the objects of the Union. It shall not do anything that is inconsistent with these Rules or the policy of the Union as laid down by the National Delegate Conference.

The fact that the NEC have full power and authority to act on behalf of the Union in every respect and for every purpose falling within the objects of the Union, is something that the faction is totally opposed to. It is worth remembering that NEC members are elected for that specific purpose as custodians of the union’s rules and democratically decided objectives. The NEC does have the power and responsibility to make executive decisions on behalf of the union as this rule clearly demonstrates.

As such we believe that the new election rules agreed by a majority of the NEC are acting outside of the rules of the union and conference policy.

This is a clear distortion of the facts which contradicts the points they are making above, or rather it is conveniently ignored. The DIU guidelines have this to say about collective responsibility. 

Collective Responsibility

3.1 Once a policy is established it is important that all constituent parts of the union work together to promote it and take collective responsibility in supporting it.

3.2 This principle was reinforced by the 1998 National Delegate Conference which decided: ‘there is an obligation on branches, regions and the NEC to promote existing policy and to accept collective responsibility once decisions have been democratically taken. Once policy has been agreed by democratic means at an appropriate level, all members should expect that those who may not have agreed with the decision establishing policy but were in a minority, should not be able simply to withdraw it. Such action would undermine the whole principle of collective strength and solidarity which the democracy of the union is established to promote. Democracy cannot thrive if agreed policies count for nothing. Outside bodies should not be able to seek to undermine the established and agreed policies of the union.

It is not the NEC who are acting outside of the rules and conference policy, it is those that associate themselves with the hard-left faction. Their activities and deliberate refusal to work within the rules and support democratic process is akin to anarchy, as they seek to undermine the core principles of UNISON.

There is also a question whether this would also be in contravention of the Human Rights act and the freedom of assembly.

Article 11: Freedom of assembly and association has nothing to do this. The below link provides information as to the provision of article 11. There is no attempt by UNISON to prevent the existence of the faction, the NEC decision is to prevent external organisations form influencing the democratic process.

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/human-rights-act/article-11-freedom-assembly-and-association

In a further worrying development a number of us have been threatened with action being taken against us for an alleged breach of collective responsibility for daring to raise our concerns and voting against the proposals. 

If this is the case, then it is evident that they are not working within the rules and objectives of the union and the threat of disciplinary action under these circumstances is within the rules of the union.

It is urgent that branches and members raise their concerns with regards the new proposals by passing resolutions at branch, region and raise it on the Service group Executives. 

This is a prima facia case of these individuals flouting UNISON’s rules, protocols and conference policy. The act of encouraging others to do so is in my opinion a disciplinary matter. They are clearly failing to follow rules and and in particular collective responsibility. It is reasonable for members to expect elected officials to follow the rules and procedures of the union and for them to uphold the values and procedures of their union. This behaviour is a wanton act of vandalism and a demonstration of the anti-democracy attitude of this this faction.  

Vicky Perrin –                     NEC member Yorkshire and Humberside

Jim McFarlane –                NEC member Scotland

Hugo Pierre –                    Black members NEC member

April Ashley –                    Black members NEC member

Jacqui Berry –                    NEC member South East

Michelle Goodman –       NEC member South West

Steve North –                      NEC member North West

It may be a reasonable assumption that those that have put their names to this document are members of the Socialist party, perhaps they would like to either confirm or deny that?

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

The faction that refuses to accept that it is a faction

The hard left faction otherwise known as unison action broad left, who are backed by the SWP/Socialist party, received a cold dose of reality at the recent NEC meeting (6th December 2018). Now officially recognised as an outside body by UNISON, they have not taken the news well. They are claiming that this designation is anti democratic and an abuse of human rights. This of course nonsense!

They claim that they should have the right to organise against our union and actively campaign against the democratically decided policies of the union and to bully and intimidate officials, both lay and paid, in pursuit of their aims. They also believe they should have the right to campaign on behalf of the SWP/Socialist party within the union, putting their political allegiances before the union.

The NEC debated the procedures for the forthcoming NEC elections and were of the strong belief that outside bodies and political parties should play no part in the elections. Candidates should not be backed or supported financially or otherwise by these groups.

As you would imagine, the hard left faction spoke against the procedures, they even stated that they did not support collective responsibility, which is a fundamental democratic principle and central to the ethical process of the union. I am sure you will agree that this is astounding hypocrisy from the hard left faction who claim to be a democratic organisation. This is clear evidence that they are not.

They procedures were agreed in draft form at the NEC’s Development and Organising committee, having gone through legal scrutiny. Members of the hard left faction were present at the meeting and are bound by collective responsibility, this didn’t prevent them from voting against it at the NEC meeting.

I note that they have put out a statement on Facebook signed by Socialist party members, the statement most probably penned by one of the shady characters who associate themselves with the faction.

They are claiming that the election procedures are outside of UNISON’s rules against the democracy guidelines and a breach of Human rights, namely freedom of association. Theses allegations have no basis in fact and could be considered as pure fantasy and wishful thinking.

I welcome the decision of the NEC and congratulate them on showing true leadership in standing up to the bullying and corrosive hard left faction. This is not before time!

I am sure this won’t be last we hear of this as there is nothing more than a futile campaign to make them feel as though they are valid. They do like to whip up a storm and drop it as soon as the terrain gets a little difficult. You will no doubt hear all sorts of allegations and threats from the hard left faction, but they cannot hide from the truth, they are not part of UNISON, they are an external body who work outside the rules of out union for their own political ends supported by the SWP/Socialist party.

Our union should always come first and we should always support collective decisions wether we personally support them or not, that is the grown up responsible thing to do.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

PERCEPTION! a confusion of facts

Here we go again, the hard left faction making a mountain out of a molehill or rather a reality out of a perception. The latest lunacy from unison action broad left is a ridiculous attack on the perception many people have of trade unions and which are perpetuated by anti trade union politicians (otherwise known as the government).

So let’s be clear what we are talking about; the dictionary definition “perception”- the way in which something is regarded, understood, or interpreted. The hard left faction definition “perception” – this is the truth, the reality, the actual facts.

What they are saying? This was posted on their twitter feed, “There is so much wrong with it. It denigrates battles fought by previous generations. It implies that militant struggle is only the property of men. It erases Grunwick. It ignores the current battles in Glasgow & Birmingham. It’s shameful”.

It would be so easy to insult their crass stupidity on this matter, but I will refrain; a bit… They actually prove the point of the caption in their comment. This is the “perception” P E R C E P T I O N… For crying out loud!

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Of course perception does not reflect the facts as it is based on assumption. Do a google search for NUPE strike and you will see many sisters involved in strike action, so I am surprised that they reference Grunwick (http://www.striking-women.org/module/striking-out/grunwick-dispute) and how “perception could erase a well reported documented dispute by Asian women. Also worth remembering that they lost the dispute, something the hard left faction claims as a success.

This is fact not perception. If the only pictures of strike are of the Miners Strike or Longbridge etc. Then your “perception” will be exactly as described. Of course the real reason for this faux outrage is to have another go at UNISON, their favourite target. They of course know best, they of course can run the union better. The Grunwick dispute ran for two years, can you imagine any public service workers taking sustained industrial action for that length of time? Also worth noting that the Grunwick strikes were not in any of UNISON’s partner unions.

As with all things, the hard-left faction’s ideology is rooted in the 1970’s when life was a little simpler economically for working people. The law enabled trade unions to act in a more militant way and to offer support in a very different way. The world has moved on and deindustrialisation, globalisation, technology and the nature of debt has changed communities for ever. The economic stresses and strains on modern workers is completely different.

I am told that a number of people that associate themselves with unison action are independently wealthy, so they would be able to survive the financial impact of industrial action far better than the people they encourage to fight their politically charged disputes.

As I have said before, I am not anti strike, it has its place and when used effectively can be successful. The hard left faction wants strikes all of the time, it is there first line of attack. Well let me tell you, I have been involved in organising industrial action, I have taken part in industrial action and the work involved does not finish when the dispute has ended. It can take a lot of effort, time and pain to rebuilt a relationship with you members and your employer. Funny how these people are never around to help with that heavy load. The move onto the next dispute so they can make themselves look good and massage their own egos. I have seen it many times, they just abandon the members and the activists.

The childlike affectation of unison action broad left is to be pitied, how sad it is that adults can behave in a way that is detrimental to our members and our union. Their SWP/Socialist party fuelled outdated fantasy politics is tired and impotent and best left in the 1970’s where it belongs. The absurd dick swinging and pissing contests is pathetic, they really need to grow up and put away their childish fantasies.

The piece in the UNISON activist magazine identifies that we need to wipe away the perceptions of what modern trade unionism is about. It seeks to encourage members to get involved and get active. It most certainly is not about reinforcing stereotypes or attacking disputes of the past. UNISON recognises that trade unionism has had to change, that our tools have had to be adapted to deal with 21st century situations. People have changed and so have their needs. This latest attempt to rubbish UNISON is most likely out of fear, because the hard left faction know its days are numbered.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

Shameless Showboating Exposed

The hard left-faction couldn’t make its mind up over the reasons for some strike action over the weekend. The attempts to build a molehill into a mountain were sadly scuppered by an informed user.

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This was posted on Saturday (17th November 2018 23:59) Which clearly informs the the reader that members in the branch have voted YES for strike by 74% in a consultative ballot, which apparently is a record turnout over proposals to move from 4 weekly pay to monthly pay. “Members have had enough” it goes on to say.

It’s not exactly clear what members have had enough of though? Have they had enough of being paid? have they had enough of being used as pawns to satisfy the ego of the person posting the information?

A conversation ensued… The below was posted in response.

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So we see the usual defensive mechanism at play here, that someone who points out the obvious flaws is branded an anti-trade union, tool of the bosses. Interesting that they say members understand the issues as they clearly don’t. Perhaps it would have been helpful if they had spoken to the members rather than at them. Our conversation continues…

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The person responding points out the flaws in the argument and the absolute absurdity of resisting something that virtually every worker in the UK experiences. They also take the time to point out how keeping a 4 weekly pay structure will be damaging to workers on universal credit. They also point out that efforts would be best put into negotiating transition arrangements, rather than trying to get them to strike.

Well it didn’t end well for our strikemonger, they were clearly outgunned intellectually and therefore had to withdraw by removing the conversation, probably fearing that their members may read it and realise that they had been duped.

Sometime later, the post was amended…

 

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As you can see by the amended post, the reason for the ballot has changed to be dismissal and re-engagement notices being issued. Now I don’t know about you? but this seems a little disingenuous. If the employer was going to dismiss its workforce, you would have expected a little more noise over it. Words such as “sacking the workforce” would have been used, which is very valid reason for going on strike. It is of course doubtful that there would need to be dismissals as a consequence of changing pay frequency, as it would not be seen as a significant change to the contract. From the employer’s perspective, the administration and legal challenges would not be worth the trouble of dismissal.

There is clearly something not quite right about all this and having been found out the person decided to delete the conversation. Creating a dispute for the sake of it is a despicable thing to do. To do it so you look good and to feed your own ego is also reprehensible. Effort should be in supporting members and resolving issues, not the pursuit of self aggrandisement. You have been caught out and your subterfuge exposed, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Make up your own mind reader, this is just one example of many that shows the hard-left faction for what they are; egotists and charlatans.

Thanks for reading

GI Jayne

 

 

 

We want you to sign this, but we don’t know why?

The hard-left faction is encouraging people to sign a petition to end the suspension of an NEC member, but they don’t know why other than they want the suspension to be lifted saying “We do not know if these views and her suspension are linked”. I did have to giggle at this as it reminded me so much in its absurdity of the “Judean People’s Front” or if you would prefer “the People’s Front of Judea”.

Not knowing the facts of any situation is a trait of the faction, often ignoring the evidence to perpetuate a pointless campaign. When confronted with the facts they will usually ignore them or accuse the person giving them the facts, of being a Blairite or right wing. I am not sure that this petition will be of any benefit to the person they are seeking to support. I don’t know if the person themselves has sanctioned this petition, if this is the case, I would imagine that it would not support their case.

The facts of the case are unknown to me as they are to them, so anything in the absence of these facts is only speculation, rumor and wishful thinking; they do love a martyr. Of course, given the hard-left faction’s trope of UNISON being a corrupt evil empire run by right wing demagogues, it is not surprising that they jump on any bandwagon that they believe supports that view.

Looking at the comments on the post, pledges of solidarity are made, there is outrage and disbelief, my favorite being “Absolutely disgraceful. They cannot be allowed to get away with this”. I do have to smile as the person posting the petition and the petition itself makes it clear that they do not know why the suspension is in place and as they say, “We do not know if these views and her suspension are linked”.

It is worth noting that the petition says that signatories are signing in a personal capacity; if that is the case, why have they included their branch/national positions? That is not a personal capacity, is it?

If you were to ask them why they want the suspension lifted what would they say? What would be the rational for the request? What if the suspension has nothing to do with speaking against the health deal? What if the reason for the suspension is more sinister? For all we know, the suspension may be for dancing naked in the moonlight at national delegate conference; this is the ridiculousness of this document.

No doubt details of the outcome of the investigation will leak out, and without doubt, the facts will be ignored or manipulated to support the hard-left faction’s mania.

I have always believed that if you are going to put your name to something, you must be sure of the facts, particularly if it is in the public domain. In an age of post truth, fake news, you can’t help thinking that the unison action village idiots are taking a leaf out of the orange numpty’s handbook.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne   

Rumor, Speculation and Intrusion

A recent posting on the hard-left faction’s Facebook page linking to a story in the Nursing Notes Blog, illustrates attempts to link UNISON to the indiscretions of the RCN over the Health pay deal. It makes claims that UNISON Staff were threatened with disciplinary action for encouraging Health members to reject the offer. The sub heading of the story reads “An astounding 84% of Unison members voted to accept the pay deal which the union sold as a 6.5% increase over three years”, suggesting that Health members were duped by UNISON into accepting the deal.

The information provided by UNISON was factual and members voted on that basis. Unlike the ballot, the hard-left faction did not communicate with all members subject to the deal; the members spoke, and it was a resounding ‘Yes’. Time to accept that members make the decisions not unison action.

Apparently a “leaked email” provides evidence that staff were threatened and suspended for speaking out, suggesting that their motivation was one of whistleblowing rather than misconduct. It may be a reasonable assumption as to origin of the “leaked email” given previous posts by the faction on this subject. It would of course been helpful if the full content of the email had been provided, thus giving context and identifying its origin.

It is not for me to comment on an internal disciplinary investigation regarding any member of UNISON, other than to say that the process must be completed as per the rules of the union and the all evidence tested before any determination as to the culpability of an individual.

On reading the comments on the thread, there is a sensible response outlining the responsibilities of those that hold and executive position and the meaning of collective responsibility. Of course, this is attacked by certain individuals who have no interest in the democratic processes of UNISON.

Collective responsibility is the bedrock of any trade union and any attempt to undermine it is an act of anarchism. It is a reasonable expectation from trade union members that the people they elect to represent them will actually represent their views and not the views of a faction or political party.

I do hope that UNISON will be challenging the story and its content as it gives an inaccurate portrayal of the facts. Clearly its purpose is to add fuel to fire on the alleged conspiracy relating to the Health pay agreement. It is also worth pointing out that UNISON is not the RCN, no matter how badly the faction wants it to be.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

HE Ballot and the Disability fail

The hard left faction have not given the energy of a single comment on the Disabled members conference. UNISON’s Disabled members came together this weekend to discuss important issues affecting disabled people who work in public services and the issues of how Disabled people are treated by the Tory government and in wider society. These issues affect us all and the treatment of Disabled people is of vital significance to us all. It is shocking that these people can’t even acknowledge that we have Disabled members, they are a disgrace to UNISON.

I am reliably informed that people that associate themselves closely with the hard left faction were more interested in selling the rape apologist SWP news papers outside the venue. There was no unison action broad left fringe meeting as they obviously have no interest in the issues affecting Disabled people. Obviously there is no glory in it!

The results of the HE ballot have been published by the hard left faction. Unfortunately the turn out is reported as 31% turnout with 62% voting yes to industrial action. Under the new legislation introduced the Tories, this means that industrial action will not take place because it has failed to meet the threshold of a 50% turnout.

Well it will come as no surprise that the hard left faction are blaming UNISON. They are saying that the left needs to debate it an push the union into not making the same tactical errors next time. Well maybe just maybe, the members do not want to take industrial action given the low turnout.

UNISON has spent thousands of pounds publicising the ballot and encouraging members to support industrial action. No one can accuse UNISON of not supporting the ballot, except of course the hard left faction. They really are a one trick phoney shambles.

Thanks for reading.

Glasgow Women’s Strike

First, I would like to say how proud I am of our sisters taking strike action for equal pay in Glasgow, this is indeed an historic event. Their bravery and fortitude will send a powerful message to all employers who seek to treat women lest favorably than men.

Looking at the hard left faction’s Facebook page, I had to do a double take when I read the comments from one of their prolific posters. They explain how incredibly excited they are by the action and how the women are ripping up the rule book that the unions have used to control us for the last thirty years. Of course, in the rapture of their excitement and never missing an opportunity to bash UNISON, our hero lays their ignorance bare for all to see.

This action is a legitimate trade dispute supported and backed by the unions concerned. The action has been taken within the confines of current legislation and is nothing to do with disregarding the union’s rules, which of course conform the prevailing legislation. The semi autoerotic pleasure displayed is an expression of a delusion fantasy.

Conversely, a comment on this post makes the claim that the union’s support was only given from fear of litigation.  This of course is utter nonsense.

We also see the comments of one of the shady characters who associates themselves with the hard left faction, making claims that the action was masterminded by a socialist party member who is a unison action sympathiser.

These hard left fantasists would latch themselves onto any successful action to feed their own mania and self-aggrandisement. These egotists would have you believe that they are responsible and that the union does nothing to support and fight for its members. The evidence would strongly suggest otherwise. They seek to scab off the backs of our women for their own aims. This enrages me as it should you.

I wish my sisters in Glasgow every success and I thank them for their courage and fortitude and most of all, for making a stand for Women’s equality, not just for themselves but for us all.

Thanks for reading.

GI Jayne

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