Aberdeen City Council staff call off strike action over equal pay

A bitter equal pay dispute between catering workers, cleaners and Aberdeen City Council appears to be nearing resolution after the women voted to suspend any action.

Members of staff will receive letters next month indicating what compensation they will receive for the past five years for not having been paid the same as male counterparts.

They will then have five days to decide if to accept the money. If they do, they will then receive cheques – which for some may be more than £12,000 – within three weeks.

The women went on strike for two days earlier this month in support of their claim, but called off a two-day strike last week as negotiations progressed.

Tommy Campbell, regional officer for the Transport & General Workers’ Union, who has led the negotiations, said: “It is up to the women to decide themselves but if the offers are less than 100% of what they are entitled to and they wish to continue their action, we will give them 100% support.”

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