CORDIA - NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN -
A4ES ISSUES NEARLY 3000 NEW CLAIMS VS CORDIA
As folk who’ve been following my posts and the A4ES videos will know a new issue arose with GCC and CORDIA over holiday pay. The council disputed that there was a valid holiday pay claim but suddenly announced it was making a one off, un agreed, payment which it claimed was Back holiday money.
This led all the claimant groups to file grievances and for us all to work on a common set of new claims.
A4ES has now issued nearly 3000 new claims against Cordia and GCC. Despite Ann Marie O’Donnell seeking to airbrush A4ES out of the equal pay dispute, we are still very much alive and kicking.
As part of the preparation for the new claims we had to go over the differences in treatment of Cordia women and the rest of GCC staff. They too get a raw deal but it’s nothing compared to the shocking treatment of Cordia staff. And the council are shocked at the 99% strike vote.
Here is an extract from our pleadings :
“”Employees working at Cordia are overwhelmingly female. The jobs allocated to Cordia by GCC are jobs overwhelmingly done by women. 88% of employees in Cordia are women. The proportion of staff that are women is far higher in Cordia than in GCC or other ALEOS. Further the jobs performed mainly by women in Cordia are those posts that most often work shifts, overtime and unsocial hours. Indeed after the transfer to Cordia, GCC instituted a 7 on 7 off rota for Cordia Staff with the terms of these arrangements being worse for Cordia staff than for the staff in GCC or any other ALEO.
5. Employees employed directly by GCC and all other ALEOS have better terms and conditions than employees assigned to Cordia. Employment by Cordia is accordingly a PCP within the meaning of the Equality Act. These included better terms as to
a. HOLIDAY PAY,
b. NSWP (Non Standard Working Pattern),
c. WCD (Working Context Demands),
e. ENHANCEMENTS BASED ON BASIC RATE,
f. BANK HOLIDAYS and
g. SUNDAY WORKING RATE OF PAY.
The claimant seeks repayment of all of these elements of pay in addition to the underpayment of her holiday pay calculation plus interest and Injury to Feelings.””
We want recompense for all of this appalling treatment.
Remember, all of this was done under a labour administration supposedly committed to equality and covered by the public sector equality duty which Labour created.
I will be fascinated to see how the new SNP Administration seeks to justify this treatment. Yes taking cordia back into GCC is a good thing but only some of this discrimination is being removed and nothing has been offered for the past, and currently ongoing, discrimination.
Yes there are some men in Cordia and we will launch claims for them too.
All the claimant groups should be submitting their Cordia claims too. This was good team work.
Anyone want a copy of the full pleadings just email Karl Bromley at firstname.lastname@example.org