Unions seek judicial review of equal pay at Falkirk Council

Unions have taken the next step in the battle for equal pay by asking for a judicial review against Falkirk Council in Scotland.

The case against the council, led by Unison, the UK’s largest union, and GMB, has its first hearing in Falkirk today.

Peter Hunter, Unison’s legal officer, said: “It is staggering that Falkirk Council still believes it can pay women less than men for work of equal value,” The Scotsman reports.

“It is also scandalous that a public body has the nerve to impose discrimination on its staff by sacking, or threatening to sack, all workers affected by these changes.”

A spokeswoman for Falkirk Council said: “It is six months since the council took the decision to implement single status and it’s disappointing the unions have waited till the last minute to challenge.”

UK councils are facing a total of £3bn in equal pay claims, the Local Government Employers association warned last month.

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