Date: Friday 6 June
North Lanarkshire Council are treating low paid women workers
with contempt, says UNISON
UNISON, the trade union representing the equal pay claims of
low paid women workers in North Lanarkshire, have reacted with
utter disbelief to today’s statement released by North Lanarkshire
Council regarding Equal Pay of low paid women workers
Low paid women workers, represented by UNISON, have been fighting
for over 6 years for fair pay.
North Lanarkshire Council eventually conceded at an equal pay
tribunal in March 2014 that it had wrongly scored the jobs of
thousands of low paid women employees. Many hundreds of low paid
women are still waiting for compensation.
These women are the backbone of public services in North Lanarkshire
they include home support workers, playground supervisors, school
meals supervisors and school patrol staff. They are entitled to
feel frustrated at the council’s slow progress.
North Lanarkshire, Policy and Resources Committee met in private
to discuss the issues involved. And UNISON had hoped the outcome
of this special meeting would be North Lanarkshire Council putting
forward a pragmatic sensible solution which we could discuss.
However their statement just further entrenched the council’s
John Mooney, UNISON North Lanarkshire Branch Secretary, said
‘North Lanarkshire Council are denying low paid women workers
their rightful rates of pay. They are treating our members with
John Mooney continued, ‘This was an ideal opportunity for
North Lanarkshire Council to propose a pragmatic and sensible
way forward to settle their equal pay obligation. They know UNISON
is trying to be reasonable. But they have simply entrenched their
position and are effectively saying low paid women have to wait
even longer for the pay they have a right to expect by law.
John Mooney continued, ‘UNISON have no choice but to consider
a period of sustained action, it seems it is the only way to ensure
low paid women in Lanarkshire will get the pay which is rightly
due to them.’