United Kingdom -Fight for equal pay won -June 26, 2013

A group of female classroom assistants and nursery workers have won an important stage in their fight for equal pay as they received the backing of the UK Supreme Court to take their claim back to an employment tribunal. The decision in their favour could have far-reaching implications. The 251 employees of Dumfries and Galloway Council had argued that they were entitled to pay that was equal to the money received by men working at a similar level. They wanted equality with men in positions such as leisure attendants, groundsmen and road workers. The male employees have been earning 30% bonuses to which the women have not been entitled. UNISON, the trade union representing the women was delighted that the Supreme Court ruled in favour of its women members.

English: http://news.sky.com/story/1108285/dumfries-female-workers-win-at-supreme-court


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