Scots council women reject equal pay deal

More than 500 female workers have rejected an offer to settle an equal pay dispute that would have cost Edinburgh City Council £12.2m. Unions predicted the total claims could reach £100m.

The women, including caterers, cleaners and carers, have refused to accept offers of more than £4,000 each from the council because they believe it does not match the amount that they have been underpaid over the years.

More than 2,800 claims were made after four dinner ladies complained last year that they were receiving lower bonus payments than male colleagues.

Representatives from their trade union, Unison, said the women were entitled to up to £12,500 each.

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