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Equal pay claims - latest news

30 June 2022

As part of our last equal pay update on June 10, we explained that negotiations had unfortunately been paused for a number of weeks due to circumstances outwith the council's control.

At that point, we were uncertain if this pause would have an impact on when it will be possible to make offers and payments to claimants. It is now clear that it will.

You will be aware it had previously been hoped that initial offers could be made to some claimants as early as August - with more to follow in October. Having now been able to resume discussions, all parties - including the trades unions and legal teams representing claimants - agree that this is no longer achievable, and the proposed timelines will need to be extended.

At this stage, we do not have definitive dates to share with you - however, everyone involved is conscious that, even after agreement is reached, there is a major administrative exercise to be completed to issue offers and process payments.

We have a series of negotiation meetings scheduled for July and August and all parties remain committed to making progress on outstanding matters as soon as possible.

We are also working hard to understand what the likely new timeline will be and, once we have more detail, we will update you further.

13 June 2022

Some time has now passed since we last communicated with staff about equal pay matters and we felt it was important to provide an update on the current position.

Unfortunately, due to an issue affecting those representing some claimants and over which the council had no control; negotiations were unable to take place for a number of weeks.

This, inevitably, has posed a challenge for all parties - particularly in terms of meeting the proposed timeline for offers, which was already tight.

Negotiations have now resumed.  We don't yet know for sure what impact the recent pause will have on our ability to conclude negotiations within the planned timescale, but all parties are committed to making progress on outstanding issues.

We appreciate that these matters directly affect many of our staff. The council is committed to resolving equal pay issues and we will continue to keep you updated.

16 March 2022

Colleagues,

By now many of you will be aware that strike action is planned by groups of staff with equal pay claims on 29 and 30 March and 20 and 21 April.

I urge the staff involved in this strike action to think again about the consequences of their decision given that the council has already stated its intention to make offers on the majority of new claims on the basis of the 2019 deal.

Vital council services that look after our most vulnerable citizens and support the education of our young people will be affected by this strike. 

To update you further on this commitment, on 10 March the City Administration Committee approved recommendations in a report on equal pay to:

  • provide funding of around £30 million for equal pay claims
  • seek agreement with claimant representatives on:
    • the calculation of individual settlement offers
    • the date from which settlement payments will be made.

You can read the full report here.

I can assure you that senior council officers are ready to proceed with negotiations with claimant representatives in relation to the new claims, as soon as is possible, to resolve this matter.

I also want to remind you that as previously stated, we have always been committed to considering options to deal with what is often referred to as 'the gap period' - the time between 2018 and the eventual implementation of a new pay and grading scheme. We are currently working through options to finding a solution.

I hope that when you read this, you now understand that the council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

I remain committed to talking with our trade unions when they are willing to do so, to resolve this dispute and the affect it will have on vital city services.

Regards,
Annemarie O'Donnell
Chief Executive

23 February 2022

The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

We reached an agreement to settle a substantial number of claims in 2019 - and it was agreed by all parties, at that time, that we would then seek to deal with new claims covering the same period.

While these claims were explicitly not covered by the 2019 agreement, the council has made it clear in discussions with claimants' representatives that its proposed approach remains absolutely rooted in that deal.

As a result, we can now update you that the council is prepared to make offers to settle new claims on the basis of the 2019 deal.

We have also always been committed to considering options to deal with what is often referred to as 'the gap period' - the time between 2018 and the eventual implementation of a new pay and grading scheme, and negotiations will continue on this area.  We are currently working through options to finding a solution.

17 December 2021 - equal pay claims update

The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

We are also committed to keeping everyone updated about the status of discussions between council officers and claimants' representatives, including our trade unions.

Since early December, each party's legal representatives have been meeting with the aim of agreeing an approach for new claims. We also expect the Employment Tribunal process to continue in the New Year in the event that negotiations do not resolve all issues between us.

Progress has also been made with Strathclyde Pension Fund on adjusting pensions to reflect previous equal pay settlements.

The first group of former employees will receive their adjusted pension payments from 15 February 2022 - and this will be followed by a rolling programme, which will see more claimants receive their adjusted pension every month.

If your pension is due to change, we will work with your representatives so that you get advance notice of the date from which you can expect the adjusted pension to be paid.

We will continue to update you on any further discussions, as and when they take place. All updates will be published on this page.  

20 September 2021 - equal pay claims update

The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

We are also committed to keeping everyone updated about these matters following the regular meetings that take place between senior council officers and claimants' representatives, including our trade unions.

Council officers met with the claimants' representatives on Wednesday, 29 September.

Ahead of that meeting, the council provided further detail on certain categories of new claims where it is willing to make offers to postholders on the same basis as those who received settlements in 2019. Unfortunately, those representing claimants at the meeting have said they are not prepared to engage with the council to make those offers to staff.

The council also provided detail on other claims where it is not currently satisfied offers can be justified. Whilst those representing the claimants have agreed to withdraw some claims which it agrees have no merit, there are a large number of other posts which remain in dispute. Unfortunately the claimants' representatives have declined to provide data they have told officers justifies some or all of these disputed claims.

The council remains ready and willing to make in-principle offers in relation to a sizeable number of posts, and to carefully consider any evidence relating to other posts, if representatives are prepared to provide it. Whilst our preference is to progress these matters cooperatively, we will consider how best to do so if that cooperation is not forthcoming.

We will continue to update you on any further discussions, as and when they take place. All updates will be published on this page at www.glasgow.gov.uk/staffupdates - equal pay, latest news.

2 September 2021 - equal pay claims update

The council is committed to resolving the issue of equal pay and dealing with equal pay claims, making sure that everyone who works for the council is paid equally for equal work.

We are also committed to keeping everyone updated about these matters following the regular meetings between senior council officers and claimants' representatives, including our trade unions.

Council officers met with the claimants' representatives on Wednesday, 1 September. During that meeting, we were able to set out for the first time the council's in-principle position in relation to certain categories of new claims. 

We will continue to update you on those discussions as they progress. All updates will be published on this page at www.glasgow.gov.uk/staffupdates - equal pay, latest news.

Update from our Chief Executive, Annemarie O'Donnell. August 25 2021

I want to give you an update about the council's commitment to resolving equal pay claims.

You may recall from previous communications that agreement was reached with all parties involved on how to settle equal pay claims up to 2018. Payments to claimants were made following approval of the funding at the City Administration Committee in February 2019.

Some claimants were also due payments towards pensions and the calculations and settlements for pensions are still ongoing due to the complexity of the process. I can assure you that this remains a priority for the council and the process is being worked on by council officers.

As you know we are in the process of implementing a new pay and grading scheme and until that scheme is implemented, we will continue to deal with the issue of equal pay claims.

This involves negotiations between the council and claimants' representatives which includes our trade unions, on how to settle any new claims and the ongoing claims from 2018 and until a new scheme is in place.

Senior council officers are now meeting claimants' representatives and trade unions fortnightly to agree how to settle new and outstanding claims.

We will continue to keep everyone updated on this matter including committee decisions required to approve the process and payments to claimants.

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