Coun­cil are close to set­tling out­stand­ing equal pay claims

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil say they have made “sig­nif­i­cant progress” to­wards a set­tle­ment on a num­ber of out­stand­ing equal pay claims.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lowed sev­eral months of ne­go­ti­a­tions with trade union and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of em­ploy­ees and ex- em­ploy­ees who had lodged claims af­ter a sep­a­rate set­tle­ment was made last year with a group rep­re­sented by Fox and Part­ners.

Paul Man­ning, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of fi­nance and cor­po­rate re­sources, said: “South La­nark­shire has long been com­mit­ted to fair pay for those in com­pa­ra­ble jobs, re­gard­less of gen­der, and the coun­cil has al­ways been clear that any em­ployee who was en­ti­tled to money should get it.

“When the set­tle­ment was reached last year we said that any fur­ther claims that were made would be dealt with ap­pro­pri­ately. This in­cluded a se­ries of meet­ings with claimant rep­re­sen­ta­tives and dili­gent fact-check­ing by all par­ties.

“I can con­firm that this process is now nearly con­cluded, and that a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing has been agreed with the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the largest group of claimants, which we an­tic­i­pate will also form the ba­sis of a set­tle­ment with other groups of out­stand­ing claimants.”

The de­tails of progress made in ne­go­ti­a­tions and of the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing were pre­sented to the coun­cil’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee last week, and mem­bers gave the coun­cil’s of­fi­cers and legal rep­re­sen­ta­tives ap­proval to con­tinue work to­wards con­clud­ing this mat­ter.

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