UPDATE 5 MAY 2006
You are probably aware that some other local authorities
in Scotland have made cash offers to some of their staff.
This money is to compensate for past pay inequality.
Some jobs, particularly male manual jobs received a bonus payment
while other jobs, particularly female manual jobs, did not.
The Equal Opportunities Commission amongst others
think this is unfair and discriminatory. In order to remedy this
local authorities are making a compensation payment to some of their
staff. The law allows up to five years service in a job to be taken
into account when these payments are calculated.
This is not about regrading jobs – it is about compensating
for past inequality.
It is hoped Aberdeenshire Council will be in a position
to make an equal pay offer to some of its staff (mainly manual female
workers) in the near future.
If you think you may be entitled to a compensatory
payment in respect of equal pay – the law says there is a deadline
for claiming - if you change your job or contract, leave or retire
you only have 6 months (minus one day) for your claim to be submitted
to an Employment Tribunal – we need to know well in advance so that
we can process your claim. If this applies to you – tell us now!
Contact us on 01224 620624