Sunday, July 09, 2006

Equal Pay row

There is a bit of a row going on about Equal Pay at the moment, and it surfaced on Women's Hour on Radio 4 on Thursday (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2006_27_thu.shtml) - this relates to the difficulties which those of us trying to implement Single Status in Local Government are experiencing - but the problems are common across all the services in which UNISON organises. For the official UNISON view see http://www.unison.org.uk/equalpay/ and for an interesting and entirely unofficial website see http://www.labouruniondigest.org.uk/index.php?page_id=13. I have no time whatsoever for the solicitors who are taking cases against the unions as well as against employers (all on a lucrative "no win no fee" basis). It is a nonsense that because of litigation being taken against trade unions, UNISON did not debate Equal Pay at our Conference. I hope to report something more substantial from the next meeting of our National Executive Council (NEC) which takes place on Wednesday.

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