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‘Huge’ Victory As St Helens Council Pays Out £3.5 Million To Members

Monday, October 16, 2017

The authority used every legal argument they could to avoid paying out, but after years of wasting everyone’s time they failed.

GMB, the union for local government workers, has scored a huge victory after St Helen’s council paid out £3.5 million to members.

The successful equal pay claim saw some members receive substantial five figures sums.

The case had been going for years as St Helens Council took it to the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and then made applications to the Court of Appeal.

However St Helens Council did not proceed with their application the Court of Appeal, sealing victory for GMB’s members.

The authority used every legal argument they could to avoid paying out, but ultimately failed.

This is the third multi million pound settlement for equal pay claims for GMB members in the North West - Knowsley and Liverpool being the other two.

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

“This is a huge victory for GMB members at St Helens Council – and for equal rights in general.

“The authority used every legal argument they could to avoid paying out but after years of wasting everyone’s time they failed.

“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Simpsons Solicitors who took on the case and will pass on 100% of the compensation – without taking a penny of members’ settlement.

“GMB will always fight inequality in the workplace on behalf of our members where ever we find it.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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