Aberdeen caterers and cleaners vote for equal pay strike

Hundreds of catering and cleaning staff in Aberdeen have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over equal pay.

The T&G union revealed a ballot showed that 94% were in favour of going on strike.

A council spokesman said the authority was disappointed by the result.

“We are heartened by the fact that the union has agreed to have a joint meeting along with the conciliation service Acas at the beginning of next month,” a spokesman said.

The T&G lodged claims for back pay on behalf of some of the council’s lowest-paid workers.

The staff, mainly female catering, cleaning, clerical and care workers, claimed they were owed money because of equal pay legislation, some worth up to £25,000.

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