*Projected second wave equal pay liability
This is our Equal Pay calculator, showing the constantly increasing liability that NLC have for equal pay. As you know, UNISON has been actively trying to deal with NLC’s equal pay liability since Job Evaluation was imposed on our members in 2006, and this counter illustrates the cost of the Council’s delay in settling the matter. All figures are based on earnings of claimants and comparators as pled at employment tribunal.
After the Council had been forced to admit that they could not provide supporting documents for 4 jobs at the equal pay tribunal in March, we started our Pay Up On Equal Pay campaign with a view to bringing the Council to the table to negotiate full and final settlement for all claims. Our campaign involved press releases, posters and ad trailers across North Lanarkshire and after announcing a protest at the Commonwealth Games, the Council agreed to negotiate with us.
We then entered a series of meetings with the Council from late June 2014 to October 2014 and, in advance of the next set of Employment Tribunal (ET) dates in late October, we received a proposal on how settlement could be achieved. The proposal included a condition asking us to postpone the ET for 6 months. As you know, the proposals were rejected, the ET went ahead, and our campaign started back up.
In November & December 2014 we started releasing statements to the press again and organised protests/visits to Councillor surgeries which were very successful and we are currently in fresh negotiations with the Council on settlement.
Our position since the cancellation of the Commonwealth Games protest is that we will not cancel any campaigning activity that we have planned, although as long as talks are ongoing and potentially fruitful, we will not do anything to jeopardise settlement for our members either.
Current dates for equal Pay ET’s are as follows:-
19, 20, 21, 22, 23 January 2015
23, 24, 25, 27 March 2015
20, 21, 22, 23, 24 April 2015
The Branch would like to thank all of our members for their involvement and support on the campaign so far, and ask everyone to continue to get behind us as we push to bring pay inequality in North Lanarkshire to an end.