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Equal Pay Breakthrough North Lanarkshire Council

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GMB Scotland welcomes significant equal pay breakthrough with North Lanarkshire Council

GMB Scotland has today (Tuesday 31 May) welcomed a significant breakthrough in a long-running equal pay claims dispute with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC).

Our trade union has represented hundreds of low-paid women across services like home care, cleaning and janitorial staff, in their fight for equal pay justice and an agreement has now been reached with the new leadership of NLC.

GMB Scotland Organiser, Hazel Nolan, said: “A recent change in leadership at the council prompted fresh negotiations and improved settlement offers subsequently followed, meaning GMB Scotland members can now look forward to significant equal pay awards.

“The new council leadership immediately recognised the need to resolve this inequality and their willingness to work with GMB Scotland in negotiating a proper settlement means our members are at last getting justice.

“Our ‘Equal Pay Now!’ campaign was organised after our members, including home care workers, cleaners and janitors, were forced into a protracted dispute with NLC’s previous leadership over pay discrimination in comparison with their male counterparts.”

North Lanarkshire Council Leader, Councillor Jim Logue said: “I have made it clear since becoming council leader that we will settle equal pay claims where these are justified.

I am pleased to say this agreement in principle, which is subject to further discussion, with the GMB union, is a positive step towards that aim.

This is a major milestone which I hope will mark a departure from the confrontations of the past. We have negotiated in a sensible and constructive manner with the GMB and its legal advisers to reach agreement.

If anything, this shows how quickly justified settlements can be reached through willingness to sit down and talk.

This council has paid around £100million in equal pay claims since they began and we want to resolve this issue.”

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Contact: GMB Scotland Organiser Hazel Nolan on 07921 885786 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077. 

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