Local government workers from across England and Wales lobbied Parliament yesterday (10 July) to demand equal pay compensation.
Super union Unite claims that three in four female council employees are receiving less than their male equivalents. It is calling for pay reviews and compensatory payouts.
Peter Allenson, national organiser at the Transport and General Workers’ Union sector of Unite, said: “The government must accept its responsibility to deal with the gender gap in local government and provide financial support to help councils meet their legal duties under equal pay legislation.”
The total liability for equal pay compensation in local government is estimated to be between £3bn and £5bn.