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Appeal Court Backs Unison over Two Equal Pay Claims

Magazine article Public Finance

Appeal Court Backs Unison over Two Equal Pay Claims

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Trade union Unison has won two public sector equal pay cases in the Court of Appeal, with implications for thousands of low-paid women.

But Its solicitor has called for chances to the forthcoming Equaflty BMI to reduce the need for lengthy legal cases over equal pay.

The court ruled against Cumbria County Council in a long-running case involving women working as carers, cleaners and kitchen staft It rejected the employer's argument that women who had been required to sign new contracts to take In minor employment changes were 'new employees' and so not entitled to full back pay on their claims.

In a separate case, the court ruled that 7,000 women could pursue equal pay claims brought against Suffolk Mental Health Trust and Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

The women will be allowed to pursue their cases without specifying male comparators. Unison arques that K can be 'nearly impossible' for women to name male comparators, especially as staff pay details are held by employers. …

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