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People power triumphs in Glasgow!
This is a huge breakthrough for thousands of A4ES clients in Glasgow whose equal pay claims will now have to be settled along with claims raised by the trade unions
New pay arrangements and a new job evaluation scheme (JES) will also need to be agreed to replace the now discredited WPBR pay scheme, in detailed negations with A4ES and the trade unions that will follow in the months ahead
A4ES represents the majority off equal pay claimants in Glasgow - over 8,000 (or 80%) of the current number of cases registered with the Employment Tribunals.
Stefan Cross QC, of Action 4 Equality (Scotland), said:
”Ten years ago Glasgow council bosses told us this day would never come, but the Court of Session judgment shows that A4ES was right all along.
“So this is really is marvellous news.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign to persuade the Council to accept the Court of Session’s ruling - they have all done a really fantastic job of getting our message across to Glasgow councillors, MSPs and MPs with their emails, Facebook post and Tweets.
“We have been saying for years now that the City Council could not justify paying highly skilled, hard working staff like Home Carers so much less than gardeners, gravediggers and refuse workers.
“Today the City Council finally saw sense and accepted that this long, protracted and very costly legal battle is now at an end.
“We still have lots of work to do before a final settlement is reached, but some of the lowest paid council workers in Glasgow have struck a blow for equal pay right across the UK.”
Frances Stojilkovic, a Glasgow Home Care Coordinator and A4ES client said:
“I feel as if I haven’t drawn breath for the past four weeks, ever since the Court of Session threw out Glasgow’s application ‘seeking leave to appeal’ the WPBR decision to the UK Supreme Court in London.
“Thank heavens the Council has finally come to its senses. Home Carers in Glasgow are absolutely delighted that our jobs will get the recognition they deserve, after being so badly undervalued and underpaid for all this time.
“I hope the Council now gets down to business with Action 4 Equality Scotland and the trade unions to settle all the outstanding equal pay claims and put new pay arrangements in place, as quickly as possible.”
For more information contact
Stefan Cross (A4ES)
Mark Irvine (A4ES)
Kim Patullo (Addleshaw Goddard - Solicitors)
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