South Scotland

Russell Brown MP seeks equal pay answers for D&G workers

A "large number" of women have not received an equal pay settlement from Dumfries and Galloway Council, according to a local MP.

The local authority workers' union, Unison, won its case on behalf of more than 200 education staff in the south-west in 2013.

MP Russell Brown said some employees have received a settlement but many have not.

He said there is "clear confusion" over the issue.

The Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway said: "I have given a commitment to seek some answers so I have met with union representatives and I have also spoken with ACAS."

A total of 251 classroom assistants, learning support staff and nursery nurses employed by the council filed an equal pay claim, arguing their wages and conditions were inferior to those of male colleagues in different jobs, but with equivalent value.

The comparison was made with male manual workers in the council, such as leisure attendants, roads workers, groundsmen and refuse collectors.

After what was a protracted legal process, Supreme Court judges in London eventually upheld their case.

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