A UNION preparing to strike over equal pay in Glasgow has stated there is no party political motivation for the industrial action.

Around 8000 Unison and GMB members are expected to take part in the strike on Tuesday and Wednesday this week which will close schools and hit home care services for the elderly.

Unison said there are a number of myths about the strike action.

Union leaders have said the strike is not party political or anti-SNP and hit back at claims by Susan Aitken council leader that the women were not sure why they were striking.

A unison spokesman said: They(the women) have battled through 14 disputes over 11 years and they know this is the end of a long battle. The women know the reason for the strike because it was the women who called the strike. It’s that simple.”

Unison denied the strike has any political motivation rebutting claims the campaign was escalated when the SNP defeated Labour in Glasgow in 2017.

The spokesman said: “with 6000 workers in 14 dispute, 10 strikes and 8000 legal claims the campaign was very assertive against the Labour administration.

“What escalated the scale and significance of the campaign even further was the Court of Session decision in August 2017.”

He added: Unions are clear, we are in dispute with the employer, not the elected members. Party politics is irrelevant.”

Unison said claims that they agreed to the pay system that led to the dispute are false.

The spokesman said: “Unison vetoed the Workforce Pay and benefits Review, walked out of the invalid job evaluations, protested to the council and launched mass litigation against the scheme. WPBR is not a union agreement, never was.”