WELL, wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall?

Today the legal eagles from both sides - the unions and Glasgow City Council - will be sitting around a table, thrashing out what's next in the city's equal pay fight.

The unions were determined the strike was the only credible next step in the long fight for equality.

The council was absolutely adamant that a strike would achieve nothing, that the unions were agitated at a timescale set out by themselves, and that industrial action could put some of the city's most in need at risk.

There have been strong words from both sides.

"Dangerous", "unnecessary " and "vulnerable" from the council.

"Bullying", "rampant discrimination", "reckless" and "inaccurate" from the unions.

Now the two groups have to face one another and try to work collaboratively to right a wrong.

Glasgow City Council has insisted that it is working as hard and fast as it can to resolve the equal pay issue.

Let's be clear: that is not straightforward and the bill will be huge.

It will need significant resource to resolve and the council needs to do - and be seen to be doing - all it can for a speedy resolution.

That involves winning over the unions.

The unions have played a blinder with the strike. Support for a walk out was overwhelming.

Thousands turned out to picket lines and joined in with the march from Glasgow Green to George Square.

Other council workers, refuse staff and traffic wardens, also walked out.

Let's not underestimate that: these men risked their jobs to join their colleagues on the picket line.

But for an SNP administration to enact Tory anti-trade union laws to punish the staff would have been a truly bad look.

Television cameras and press photographers packed the event and it was headline news across the UK.

If the women wanted to be listened to then that's exactly what they achieved.

Publicity for the more than decade-long equal pay fight has petered out as movement stalled.

If there's nothing new to write about, newspapers don't cover it.

Strike action has brought the issue back into the public consciousness, which makes it much more difficult for the council to stall.

But the unions have also played their trump card. Would there be support for a second strike, if pace doesn't pick up inside the Chambers?

That's for the women to decide.

The question now is: has this strike been worth it?

The outcome of today's meeting will provide an answer.