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Glasgow City Council Reach Historic Agreement on Equal Pay Claim

That the Parliament understands that Glasgow City Council has agreed to pay £500 million to settle a long-running equal pay dispute; believes that this will put thousands of historically low-paid women in line for an average pay out of £35,000; congratulates all of the women who it considers campaigned tirelessly for this settlement; further congratulates the council's SNP administration and leader, Susan Aitken, for concluding this long-running dispute in less than two years, and regrets the reported £2.5 million that was spent by the previous Labour administration in challenging these women in court to prevent an equal pay settlement.

Supported by: Angus MacDonald, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Annabelle Ewing, John Mason, Rona Mackay, Jenny Gilruth, Kenneth Gibson

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Funding Success for Glasgow's Golden Generation

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow's Golden Generation, which is based in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, being awarded £99,000 by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, which it will use to employ an engagement volunteer manager and a volunteer co-ordinator to run its Volunteer Support Service; notes that this supports the delivery of services to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people across the city and includes over 70 weekly social clubs, three day care centres and befriending and welfare income maximisation support, and commends the commitment from the volunteers who offer their time to support older people across Glasgow.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Kenneth Gibson

Celtic Connections 2019

That the Parliament welcomes Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections, which celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe; notes that the festival will run from 17 January to 3 February 2019, with 2,100 musicians from around the world performing across various Glasgow venues; understands that the festival will include concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, as well as free events, and thanks the organisers and participants for this world-renowned festival, which has gone from strength to strength since the first festival in January 1994, growing rapidly from performances only in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall to an array of venues across the city.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Neil Findlay, Bill Kidd, Angus MacDonald, Donald Cameron, Colin Beattie, Liam McArthur, Miles Briggs, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Alison Johnstone, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Fulton MacGregor, Adam Tomkins, Andy Wightman, Bob Doris, Jenny Gilruth, John Mason, Maureen Watt, Stewart Stevenson, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur

Funding Success in Kelvin

That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Film Theatre on its £7,000 Awards for All grant from Creative Scotland for a £7,000 Awards for All grant, which it will use to deliver an intergenerational archive film project for the community of Maryhill, and understands that the Women Out Work Network has received a £2,167 Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Scotland grant, which it will use to support LGBT women attending Pride events across Scotland.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Richard Lyle, Miles Briggs, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Tom Arthur, Maureen Watt, Stewart Stevenson, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin

568th Anniversary of the University of Glasgow

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow on its 568th anniversary; notes that the university was founded on 7 January 1451 by the Bishop of Glasgow, William Turnbull, following the issuing of a papal bull by Pope Nicholas V at the request of King James II; further notes that the institution is the fourth oldest English-speaking university in the world, and the second oldest university in Scotland; understands that it commands a global reputation for centuries of pioneering research and academic excellence, and continues to be ranked as one of the world’s leading higher education institutions; recognises the university’s centuries of contributions, which have been of huge significance to generations of students, and the city of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond, and wishes the university and its alumni a happy anniversary and continued success as it builds on its rich history in its mission to "inspire people and change the world".

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Rona Mackay, Angela Constance, Jenny Gilruth, Tavish Scott, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald, Gordon Lindhurst, Colin Beattie, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire, Tom Arthur, Stewart Stevenson, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson

Big Lottery Fund Support for Projects in Glasgow Kelvin

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Big Lottery Fund that it has awarded significant support for two organisations in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, Community Infosource (CI) and the Queens Cross Housing Association; notes that CI has received £252,310 to fund its work in reducing the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour-based violence (HBV) in Glasgow through a three-year project that will include workshops and outreach with men from communities affected by FGM and HBV; understands that it will train 15 men, to be known as "community champions", who will attend events with its staff and work with people at grassroots level to challenge cultural norms; acknowledges that the housing association has been awarded £136,838 to fund the delivery of community activities for people in the Queens Cross, Woodside, Dundasvale and Hamiltonhill/Westercommon areas, which will aim to reduce social isolation, strengthen community connections, create opportunities for learning new skills and improve health and wellbeing; understands this will include toddler groups, homework clubs, weekend breakfast clubs for families, mindfulness classes, men’s groups and tea dances; believes that both of these projects will have a hugely positive impact on their participants, and wishes all involved with these every success.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Maureen Watt, Kenneth Gibson, Emma Harper, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Shona Robison, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Angela Constance, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

SWG3 Wins Evolution Award at Scottish Music Awards

That the Parliament congratulates the popular music and events venue, SWG3, which is in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, on winning the Evolution Award at the Scottish Music Awards 2018; notes that these awards celebrate innovation in the music sector and raise money for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins Scotland, and wishes SWG3 continued success with its contributions to what it sees as Glasgow's thriving music and events scene.

Supported by: James Dornan, Emma Harper, Monica Lennon, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Adamson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin, Stewart Stevenson, Maureen Watt

Nordoff Robbins Scotland 20th Scottish Music Awards

That the Parliament congratulates Nordoff Robbins Scotland (NRS) on its 20th Scottish Music Awards to be held on 1 December 2018 at the SEC Centre in Glasgow; notes that the event will include a special addition for the 20th year celebrations, with Susan Boyle being awarded the Scottish Music Hall of Fame Award to join the ranks of Scotland's greatest artists; understands that the evening will feature an amazing line-up of performers, including Snow Patrol, Amy Macdonald and Tom Grennan; welcomes this annual celebration to raise money for NRS, which provides music therapists from its four bases in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife and Dundee to work with almost 1,000 people every year across schools, hospitals, day and residential centres, hospices and other settings in Scotland; commends those involved, particularly the former chair of NRS and now chair of the Fundraising Events Committee NRS, Donald Macleod, for their commitment to the organisation and those who benefit from their work, as well as for their support for, and celebration of, the Scottish music industry.

Supported by: James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Emma Harper, Adam Tomkins, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Fulton MacGregor, Maureen Watt, Gail Ross, Miles Briggs, Jenny Gilruth, Mark McDonald, Alasdair Allan, Mark Ruskell, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance, Gillian Martin

West End Festival St Andrew's Day Torchlight Parade

That the Parliament welcomes the third annual St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade organised by the West End Festival in Glasgow; notes that the parade will take place on 30 November 2018, leaving from the Botanic Gardens and finishing at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery; understands that the proceeds from the sale of torches will be donated to Spirit Aid, the humanitarian relief organisation founded in 2001 that is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, lack of opportunity or humanitarian crisis, which has operations running across Scotland, Palestine, Afghanistan and Malawi; acknowledges the huge success of the parade and the opportunity for members of the local community to come together, with special invitations being extended to students and residents from Greece, Russia and Ukraine, who also have St Andrew as their patron saint; commends the dedication of the team at the West End Festival in organising this annual event, and wishes them continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Maureen Watt, James Dornan, Richard Lyle, Gail Ross, Fulton MacGregor, Alasdair Allan, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin

Theatre Nemo on its 20th Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Kelvin-based Theatre Nemo on its 20th anniversary; understands that the organisation, which was set up by Isabel McCue, is dedicated to helping people who have been affected by mental health issues to participate in the arts as a means of stimulation and self-help; believes that arts therapy can help promote recovery and sustain a better feeling of mental health and well-being, as well as contributing to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and commends Isabel and her team on their commitment to the organisation and those they have helped over the last 20 years.

Supported by: Fulton MacGregor, Annie Wells, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Bob Doris, Gillian Martin, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

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