Daphne Romney QC, instructed by Fox & Partners, represented 3000 Claimants, including carers, cooks, cleaners, school crossing patrollers, sheltered housing wardens and caretakers working for North Lanarkshire Council. They were claiming equal pay with male comparators following a job evaluation scheme brought into effect in November 2006. The comparators included refuse collectors, refuse drivers, street sweepers and gardeners.
The case was adjourned part heard in January for negotiations. Yesterday (19 March 2015), the Council approved a settlement agreement reached between the Fox Claimants, the Unison Claimants and the Council. This means that settlement offers will sent out to the Claimants by the end of April as part of a strict agreed timetable and evaluations of male and female jobs will be undertaken to avoid the need for any further litigation.
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Historic tribunal hears council to pay six-figure sums to low-paid female workers - Glasgow Herald 21 April 2015
Carol Fox of Fox & Partners added “Fox and Partners and all 3,000 claimants are as always grateful for the expert assistance of the most tenacious QC in the world!”