Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield Council settles pay claim for 900 workers

An equal pay claim by hundreds of women working at Sheffield City Council has been settled before it reached a Supreme Court hearing next month.

About 900 women, including dinner ladies and care workers, had claimed they were paid less than male workers.

Sheffield City Council faced making payments of about £20m if it lost the case at the Supreme Court.

Alan Hughes, from the union Unison, said he was "disappointed" the council had taken three years to settle.

"They could have settled for probably half what it is going to cost them now," he said.

Confidential terms

The council said it was "content" the matter had been settled without having to go through the courts.

Julie Toner, director of human resources at Sheffield City Council, said the council had carried out an exhaustive process to reach an "amicable and positive" settlement.

Ms Toner said the terms of the settlement would remain confidential.

Mr Hughes said he estimated individual settlements would range "from a couple of hundred pounds to tens of thousands".

Sheffield City Council said there would be no impact on council finances due to the settlement and council taxpayers would not be affected.

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