Coun­cil’s ap­peal bid in equal pay bat­tle

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GLAS­GOW city coun­cil is ask­ing for per­mis­sion to ap­peal a court rul­ing grant­ing fe­male em­ploy­ees equal pay.

Trade unions are plan­ning to protest out­side the City Cham­bers fol­low­ing the move.

It comes af­ter a long-run­ning court bat­tle for equal pay at the Court of Ses­sion last month de­cided that the coun­cil’s re­grad­ing sys­tem in­tro­duced in 2007 may have been un­fair to­wards women.

In the SNP’s elec­tion man­i­festo, they promised to re­solve the equal pay is­sue, stat­ing: “The SNP will set­tle all out­stand­ing equal pay claims this coun­cil term.”

Trade unions have hit out at the lat­est move, which the coun­cil says is not an at­tempt to ap­peal the de­ci­sion, but sim­ply a pro­ce­dural move.

A spokes­woman from GMB, which had sub­mit­ted 1800 claims on be­half of their mem­bers, said the coun­cil has made “ab­so­lutely no at­tempt” to ne­go­ti­ate with them so far and de­scribed their lat­est le­gal move as “a be­trayal”.

Uni­son mem­bers are to stage a protest out­side the city cham­bers dur­ing the full coun­cil meet­ing at 1pm.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “We would like to be able to ne­go­ti­ate an agree­ment to these claims and we have al­ready be­gun meet­ing trade unions. We will be hav­ing fur­ther meet­ings in the com­ing weeks.

“Seek­ing leave to ap­peal does not un­der­mine our com­mit­ment to these ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“How­ever this is a com­plex judge­ment and ne­go­ti­a­tions will be com­plex too.

“There is a very tight timescale in which you must seek leave to ap­peal and that runs out this week.”

The move from City Cham­bers has prompted calls for a protest

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