A WORD ABOUT NUMBERS
NOT AS BIG AS YOU THINK
In addition to the BBC ignoring A4ES ‘s role in the equal pay battle they also published the nonsense that the claimants will get an average of 35000 pounds each.
ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
So I could just let this slide or I could tell you the truth.
Ive decided better to tell the truth.
But once more i need to emphasise that actual numbers are confidential - so these are not related to a named individual
Second - its an AVERAGE - so for every person getting more there will be a person getting less. And remember if youve only worked in gcc since 2017 you aren’t going to get much. Or if you only work 10 hours a week, the same. And it does matter what job you do. But no I cant break this down as the negotiations were confidential. But if I were a janitor I would be especially grateful right now. (Don’t ask why )
And we cannot forget our poor colleagues who can only go back 5 years. That’s almost HALF the claimants. It’s just a fact that they will get much less than the claimants who’ve been in the fight since the beginning. If you’re in that group I hope you will still be pleased with what we’ve got for you but I understand your frustration.
And there are a very few people getting very big numbers. Congratulations to them. They worked for every penny. Be happy for them. (Safe assumption its not you!)
But spare a thought for the 200 people whose offer is ZERO - why? because their debts are bigger than their offers. It’s gut wrenching.
So what is the average - it’s approximately 22000 pounds.
Why the big difference ? Because the council numbers include employers national insurance and employers pension contributions. This is not your money but it is part of the cost to the council. Also their figures are gross- you have to take off tax,National insurance and fees and pension employee pension contributions (if youre in the scheme). Remember normal tax and NI is 31%
Anyway I hope that helps lower expectations
You’ll get your own numbers very soon.
Final reminder - DO NOT RING THE OFFICE ABOUT OFFERS
Reception staff do not know how offers were calculated.