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Landin in Scotland: Living Rent – all power to the tenants' unions

CONRAD LANDIN salutes the victorious work of the Living Rent tenants' union in Glasgow

AMID momentous struggles against the odds, victories can sometimes get rather overlooked. A strike going ahead is always more newsworthy than a strike called off.

So let’s take a moment to applaud the women strikers of Glasgow, who this week had their compensation deal signed off by the city council. Their fight for equal pay met with a decade of intransigence and obstruction from SNP and Labour politicians alike, and they were blasted as irresponsible and ignorant of their own lot. On the contrary, their victory shows this council as one of lions led by donkeys.

There was also a win in a smaller – but no less significant – fight. Tenants’ union Living Rent this week announced it had been successful in claiming back £550 in illegal tenant fees from letting agent Castle Residential. Last month the Star reported that bosses refused a hearing to out-of-pocket tenants when they picketed outside and asked for a meeting. Living Rent organised another demo on Tuesday this week – but minutes before it was due to start, the letting agent coughed up.

For workers and tenants alike, there is power in a union.

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