EQUAL PAY UPDATE
April 2014: EQUAL PAY PAYMENTS
All outstanding claims are being dealt with
by Thompsons Solicitors. Members awaiting information
on existing claims should contact Thompsons directly.
15/11/12: EQUAL PAY PAYMENTS
We are still awaiting information on the likely timetable
for payments being made. Our information at this stage
is that it may take several months for all payments
to be completed because of the complexity of the individual
calculations to be made. We will update here as soon
as we know anything.
At this stage, this is a matter between UNISON's solicitors and the council and the Branch Office has no more information than is printed above. As soon as we know anything it will be put up here.
QUERIES ARISING FROM THE BIRMINGHAM JUDGEMENT
All members with queries about these equal pay claims
should contact UNISONdirect on 0845 355 0845.
Click here for more details on the Birmingham Judgment
EQUAL PAY UPDATE
8 Nov 2012: Allegations of delays
Many members are phoning the office stating they have been advised from other parties that UNISON is causing a delay
in the payment of equal pay settlements. This is not the case.
The technicalities of settlements are being worked out and UNISON and the Council hope to be able to release a joint statement shortly regarding a clearer timetable.
UNISON WINS EDINBURGH EQUAL PAY DEAL
26 Oct 2012: UNISON
wins Edinburgh equal pay deal
UNISON has won an equal pay deal for thousands of
council staff in Edinburgh. The union today agreed
a settlement with the City of Edinburgh Council after
a long-running battle to secure equal pay claims by
up to three thousand workers
Note for members with claims: As is
the nature of legal settlements, we cannot give details
publicly and each settlement for each individual will
be different based on the difference between the male
comparator, the length of time and several other factors.
This is a compensation offer that will be put to you
by Thompsons and the Council. The branch does not have
details of this and any queries need to go to Thompsons
23 March 2012: The Branch Office is receiving
many calls about equal pay claims. If you already have
a claim lodged, it is being dealt with by Thompsons
solicitors and you need to send any supplementary questions
to Thompsons in writing.
Click here to
check out a New Frequently Asked Questions
page to see if that answers any questions
you may have.
EQUAL PAY DEADLINE 5 MARCH 2012
* CLICK HERE FOR FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT EQUAL PAY CLAIMS...*
The following letter was sent to all members' home
addresses dated 20 February 2012:
City of Edinburgh Council - Equal Pay
I am writing to advise you of an important deadline
submission of equal pay claims. In recent years UNISON
several thousand Edinburgh workers about equal pay and
excess of 2000 tribunal claims. While we will always
with new equal pay issues the opportunity to back date
claims through the UNISON legal service is about to
If you have returned a CASE form seeking assistance
with an equal
pay issue you can disregard this letter. However, if
you have not
returned a CASE form you must act now.
The deadline for receipt of
CASE forms is 5.00 pm, Friday 2nd March 2012.
Forms should be
UNISON Scotland, 60 Belford Road, Edinburgh,
The City of Edinburgh Council has indicated a willingness
to settle claims for APT&C staff with claims lodged
prior to April 2010. We expect to conclude that settlement
process over the spring but you should know that individual
settlements are a slow and arduous process. If you lodged
a claim after April 2010 but prior to the deadline of
5th March we will continue to pursue settlement or tribunal
compensation on your behalf. If you fail to claim prior
to 5th March you retain the personal right to pursue
equal pay on a private basis. Claims should be lodged
within six months of the end of the employment to which
the claim relates.
Further information is available from 0141
abandons equal pay appeal
10 Jan 2012: The path to justice and compensation
has been cleared for hundreds of UNISON members today
as Edinburgh City Council abandoned its defence of long
running equal pay claims for ex APT&C staff.
Archive Equal Pay News
NOTE: There have been many reports and briefings on
Equal Pay over the years and the list below will
not be exhaustive. Type 'Equal Pay' into the
serach box above to get more articles.
Look out for more equal pay news. Some information
for individual members will not appear on these pages
because it is confidential and privileged. Equal pay
comes into force if jobs predominantly done by women
(for example home helps) are of equal value to other
higher paid jobs done mainly by men.
UNISON has been fighting for equal pay since its inception
but in 1999 we signed a deal (following a ballot) with
Scotland's councils to come up with Single Status whereby
all jobs would be evaluated in an 'equality proof' way
to ensure equal and fair pay.
Why the delay? Councils asked for extension
after extension and Edinburgh refused to implement the
nationally recommended scheme. Due to councils dragging
their heels, more and more women are taking tribunal
cases. Edinburgh UNISON alone has a possible 1,600.
What's happening now? Soon you well get bulletins
about a new Single Status scheme we will ask you to
vote on. See the links below for the recent events.