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Equal Pay: 'Quick fix' deal with lawyers won't
resolve problem. UNISON fights on for fair pay and
compensation for all staff.
18 October 2007
Reports suggest that Edinburgh is about to make
equal pay 'compensation' offers to some staff currently
represented by some lawyers. Out of 700 active claims,
about 300 are dealt with by one group of 'no win no
fee' lawyers. UNISON has lodged about 1,000 claims and
has even more in the pipeline.
Whilst we wait to hear what the current compensation
offers are likely to be, this is unlikely to resolve
the position. It won't necessarily even resolve the
position of compensation claims against the council,
and is unlikely to address the main issues of non-discriminatory
pay or fair compensation for all underpaid women staff.
It appears to be a 'quick-fix' deal struck between a
firm of lawyers and the council.
UNISON will continue to negotiate to deliver both a
fair and non-discriminatory pay system, and fair compensation
for past discrimination - something trade unions can
do but not lawyers. Where the council won't deliver
on this - we will continue the existing cases we are
pursuing to tribunal.
UNISON Edinburgh wants equal pay for all affected
members. Nearly 2,700 staff accepted compensation offers
previously. Because of the delay in the council getting
job evaluation under way, the council is also having
to consider further compensation to avoid make claims.