Women win equal pay appeal

Over 900 women have won an equal pay case against Bury Council.

Over 900 women have won an equal pay case against Bury Council.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal ruled that the women, including carers, catering assistants, cooks, cleaners, domestic assistants, school crossing patrol attendants and home carers, are entitled to compensation for the years they were paid less than male council workers doing comparable jobs.

Unison says the ruling follows years in which the women workers were often paid less than their male counterparts. Bury Council had appealed against an earlier ruling by an Employment Tribunal.

Steve Stott, UNISON Regional Manager, said: “We are satisfied this judgement now paves the way for the Council to pay all those affected staff the money they are legally entitled to. We will now be pushing the Council to apply for capitalisation funds, which will allow them to spread the cost of the equal pay settlements over a longer period. Better managed councils resolved most of their past equal pay problems long before the present crisis.”

Bev Hodkinson, one of the low paid women who will benefit from this decision, said: “I am delighted that the Council will not now be able to cheat us of our rights. They must start settling our claims now. My colleagues and I have already waited far too long.”

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