Tuesday May 12 2009
Which Way to Equal Pay? - UNISON launches campaign
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Pay Contact Point page and more information
UNISON Scotland is launching a campaign to highlight the consequences
for workers who have been drawn to so-called "No Win No Fee" solicitors.
In a national advertising campaign UNISON highlights the fact
that the Court of Session recently awarded an interdict to prevent
a prominent No Win No Fee firm pursuing an Edinburgh homecare
worker for payment.
Cross & Co have recruited thousands of Scottish workers in
their equal pay campaign, but a growing number of workers are
now following Edinburgh carer Jacqueline Quinn and switching to
the free legal service provided by UNISON. The Stefan Cross contract
seeks to charge his clients if they change their mind and pursue
their claim through their union. In Jacqueline Quinn’s case,
the charge was £500 for every six months. However there
was also provision for additional charges in the contract. These
could require additional payment by Jacqueline Quinn if she continued
to pursue her claim - even if Stefan Cross was no longer acting
on her behalf.
A UNISON spokesperson said:
"We are delighted that the Court of Session has declared that
Jacqueline Quinn’s contract with Stefan Cross is void. The
interdict gives Jacqueline the peace of mind she was looking for.
We can now get on with the business of fighting for equal pay
for her and her UNISON colleagues. Our advertising campaign is
very simple - we are keen to let other members know that UNISON
believes that equivalent charges should be unenforceable. Where
our members encounter problems similar to Jacqueline Quinn we
will help them."
For Further Information Please Contact:
Peter Hunter (Regional Organiser) 07903 814 118 (m)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) 07715 583 729 (m)