Thursday 26 Mar 2009
UNISON welcomes investigation into Glasgow job evaluation
UNISON today welcomed the decision of the Equalities and Human
Rights Commission (EHRC) to investigate classroom assistants'
pay in Glasgow.
Around two-thirds of all classroom assistants in Scotland are
UNISON members and the union is pursuing several thousand equal
pay claims on their behalf across the country.
UNISON has been an active supporter of the Scotland-wide investigation
since 2005 and UNISON members have already submitted a wealth
of information to the EHRC.
UNISON's Glasgow Branch Convenor, Mike Kirby, said "Classroom
assistants are a hidden army of talented and dedicated workers
whose value is often overlooked. We trust the investigation will
help us to deliver the wages they deserve."
UNISON withdrew from job evaluation in Glasgow due to concerns
about the quality of the process. Management wrote the role profiles
and they overlooked the complex demands members face. The appeals
process has left classroom assistants' concerns unresolved so
the union welcomes the chance of access to an independent view.
For Further Information Please Contact: Mike Kirby (Glasgow
Branch Convenor) 07803 952 261 (m) Glyn Hawker (Scottish Organiser)
07876 441 237 (m) Peter Hunter (Regional Organiser) 07903 814
118 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729(m)