Minister starts drive to end lengthy equal pay tribunals

Government is planning to speed up the time it takes to resolve equal pay

minister Jacqui Smith has announced a consultation process, with legislation
changes expected to take place later this year. The aim is for equal pay
tribunals to take no longer than a few months or a year to complete.

cited one equal pay case where a group of women speech therapists who started
proceedings in 1987 took 13 years to win their case.

minister will also take a critical look at the financial and banking sector
where there is currently a 43 per cent pay gap between men and women.

By Mike Berry

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