WITH the celebrations came the recriminations.

Settling the equal pay dispute in Glasgow has been a battle rumbling on for more than a decade and finally, finally, on Thursday last week an agreement was reached.

The news was broken first by the unions with Glasgow City Council and Action 4 Equality Scotland issuing a joint statement confirming the deal shortly after.

While the women who are due to receive their long awaited payments must have been over the moon - the average pay out is expected to be £35,000 while some will receive upwards of £100,000 - on social media it quickly became about politics.

Who should be given the credit and who should shoulder the blame?

The issue has been a political football. The equal pay scandal is squarely on the shoulders of the Labour administration and the unions that allowed their women members to be sidelined and underpaid.

Would Labour have resolved the issue had Frank McAveety not lost control of Glasgow City Council in 2017? We'll never know.

The unions are in a better place as they have had the chance to turn themselves around in support of the women. GMB Scotland, in particular, has been frank about the organisations failure in looking after the interests of women members.

New union officials Rhea Wolfson and Hazel Nolan would seem to have won the trust and respect of their women members while UNISON has a healthy and active membership of campaigners who have been impressively vocal on the issue.

Action 4 Equality Scotland has been a constant throughout the equal pay dispute yet lawyers Mark Irvine and Stefan Cross QC have had criticism for making money from the lengthy struggle.

That's an odd argument. Lawyers don't work for free, they, like the women involved in the equal pay battle, expect to be fairly recompensed for their work.

Along with recriminations, there is another element where social media has played a part.

Unlike in the early years of the equal pay dispute, there is now an active community of equal pay women on Facebook who have shared vital information, encouraged other women to get involved and lit the touch paper that led to last year's march and rally to George Square.

It has been fascinating to see how the use of social media - so derided in other contexts - has had an impact on Glasgow's equal pay dispute.

So, praise is due to the women for continuing to fight during what must have been extremely discouraging times. Praise to the unions and to Action 4 Equality Scotland.

And praise to Susan Aitken and the SNP administration who kept a pledge to sort out the mess left behind by Labour.

Yet quibbling over who has done the most for settling equal pay seems a pointless side issue when there is so much left to be done.

A full council now must sign off the agreement when the SNP has minority control of the council and the women must approve their individual settlements.

It will take another two years to rectify the unfair pay structure that led to the current mess the city is in.

More compensation will need to be paid at the end of those two years to women who have been shortchanged throughout that period.

Some 3000 different jobs will need to be assessed and any pay changes signed off by the unions and the council.

Mr Cross faced ridicule when he suggested the equal pay claims would cost the city £500 million but now here the city is with a £500 million bill.

The pay of thousands of women will have to be brought to an equal status of the pay packets of hundreds of men.

Sorting that out will also be a hugely costly business.

When the budget is announced next month, hard choices will have been made to help to pay for the bills equal pay has caused.

And the ramifications will be felt for years to come.

No one likes to feel the pinch and feel the pinch we will so the campaign must continue to ensure the city - its residents and its elected members - remember why equality is so important and must be delivered.

Last week was a major victory but the fight still continues.