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Low Paid Workers Protest
Some of the 2000 low-paid local authority workers who have still to receive their equal pay claim will protest outside the council’s headquarters on Thursday 31st March.
They are part of the GMB Scotland’s Equal Pay Now! campaign and will demonstrate for a fair settlement before the council’s meeting in Motherwell at 3.30pm.
Some of these women have died waiting and now their families are still waiting for the council to give them back their money, says GMB Scotland.
GMB Scotland have taken out half page adverts in every local paper across North Lanarkshire to promote the Equal Pay Now! campaign.
Last year, GMB Scotland wrote to every elected Labour official in North Lanarkshire to encourage them to finally settle the issue of equal pay, or face GMB taking action against the council.
GMB estimates that there are up to 2,000 workers, men and women, employed by the council who may be entitled to an equal pay claim. GMB Scotland are the only union that is still able to pursue Equal Pay Claims against North Lanarkshire Council.
Hazel Nolan, GMB regional organiser, said: “Hundreds of women are still being forced to battle with the council’s legal department to get justice for being paid less money than men for doing the same work.
“Not only have these women suffered by being subject to a discriminatory employer to begin with, but now the council are forcing them to suffer further indignity by dragging them through a lengthy and completely unnecessary legal process to get the justice they deserve. Meanwhile the council squander taxpayers money in legal fees to fight their own workers for the money they owe them.
Council leader Jim Logue and his fellow councillors are in a position to sort this out immediately.
“The only thing stopping these women from getting the money they deserve — the money that they worked for, that belongs to them, is the political will to do so.
Council home support worker Sandra Barron said: “I am being discriminated by my employers North Lanarkshire Council.
“In May/ June 2015, hundreds of my female-co workers received their Equal Pay settlement as ruled by the courts .
“To date I and around 500 other female employees have not received any of our Equal Pay Entitlement.
“We have set up a working group along with Hazel Nolan from GMB to bring our plight to the community of North Lanarkshire as it is the community’s money that North Lanarkshire councillors are wasting with lengthy court cases and lawyers fees.
We will highlight our grievances to Mr Jim Logue as this is his first council meeting as new council leader. It would be in his interest to pay us out as we plan to continue to protest at local councillors’ offices and community events until our claims are settled.”
Council leader Jim Logue said: “We want to resolve this issue and we will ensure we pay these claims where they are justified. All equal pay claims require to be checked for accuracy before settlement can be achieved.
“We have had positive early discussions with GMB officials and I reiterated equality is at the top of my list of priorities. That is why I have appointed Councillor Stephanie Griffin as convener for youth and equalities to give these issues the priority they deserve.”