One reason Cordia was set up was to get around equal pay liabilities for Glasgow City Council but be under no illusions the council will end up paying for this new round of claims says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland registered a collective equal pay grievance against Cordia yesterday representing 1200 claims for members working as home carers, janitors and cleaning staff for Glasgow City Council. The claims relate to overtime premiums, non-standard working payments and payments relating to work content demand. (See notes to editors for a copy of the letter to Cordia).
GMB Scotland believes responsibility for the claims against Cordia is likely to end up being with Glasgow City Council.
GMB Scotland estimates that the value of the claims is likely to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds for the council on top of the millions of pounds in liabilities it already has for 1600 outstanding equal pay claims from GMB members.
Louise Gilmour, GMB Scotland organiser, said “Glasgow City Council and Cordia have a disgraceful record on equal pay and the treatment of women. We are adamant Cordia and Glasgow City Council will be held to account for the disgraceful way thousands of GMB members, predominantly women have been treated.
One reason Cordia was set up was to get around equal pay liabilities for Glasgow City Council but be under no illusions the council will end up paying for this new round of claims.”
Contact: Louise Gilmour 07921 289739 or Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland Communications, on 07976 447077.
Notes to editors
1 Copy of letter to Cordia from GMB
All GMB Members Employed by Cordia
Stage 1 Collective Grievance
GMB wish to raise a Collective Grievance on behalf of GMB members.
GMB believe that female employees are paid less than men employed in the following male dominated jobs in Glasgow City Council in relation to the elements of pay set out below: -
· Refuse collector
· Refuse driver
· Gardener (all grades)
· Roadworkers (all grades)
GMB believe that Cordia and Glasgow City Council are associated employers for the purposes of the equal pay provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and that GMB therefore compare our members with these comparators.
GMB believe that our members do work rated as equivalent or work of equal value with these comparators.
GMB believe that employees paid less than these comparators in relation to the following matters:
· GMB believe that a comparator with a Working Context and Demand score in the range as employees score will be paid a higher cash value in respect of this.
· GMB believe that a comparator with a Non Standard Working Pattern score in the range as employees scores will be paid a higher cash value in respect of this.
· GMB believe that the contracts of the comparators include the following additional payments which do not include employees’ contracts.
- Payment for short notice hours
- Payment for working rest days and free days
- Payment for working public holidays
GMB believe that the terms of the employees contracts should be amended in relation to these matters to match those of my comparators.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding a hearing to determine GMB’s grievance