Sunday, June 08, 2008

Equal Pay debate at the UNISON NEC

As usual Wednesday's meeting of the UNISON National Executive Council (NEC) meeting received a confidential report on Equal Pay focusing largely on the continuing developments of case law in this area and the very great volume of litigation now under way across the country.

For legal reasons I cannot cover the detail of that report in this report. Branches should keep a close eye on the website and in particular should draw to the attention of local MPs UNISON’s response to the review of discrimination law.

I have expressed before my concern that the advice that we should not debate equal pay in our Conferences because of the avaricious attentions of the profit-seeking No Win No Fee solicitors is leaving us unable to debate policy on equal pay.

We can however debate equality issues more generally and it is encouraging that Motion 57 on Challenging Inequality is timetabled immediately after the General Secretary’s speech on Tuesday afternoon at Conference. Branches with something to say should get their name down at rostrum control to speak in support of the motion.

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