Equal pay negotiations

Published Wednesday, 28 August 2013

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South Lanarkshire Council and representatives of staff making equal pay claims have agreed to a new round of negotiations.

We are pleased to announce jointly that, following initial meetings between Stefan Cross and Carol Fox with South Lanarkshire Council Leader Eddie McAvoy, both parties wish to engage in exploratory discussions around equal pay.

Stefan Cross QC, of Action 4 Equality (Scotland) Limited, said: “This is a very significant development. It is however only the first step with no guarantees of success.”

Carol Fox of Fox and Partners added: “We are always focussed on the needs of our claimants and hope that we can agree favourable terms in the near future.”

South Lanarkshire Council Leader, Eddie McAvoy said: “I am pleased that there have been positive moves on this issue and I look forward to further progress being made.”

The parties involved have agreed to engage in a series of meetings timetabled over the next three months. In order to facilitate these discussions, a joint application has been made to postpone hearings due to take place at the Employment Tribunal in Glasgow in September. In the event that parties are unable to agree, new hearing dates can be fixed early next year.