COSLA COMMENT ON ACCOUNTS COMMISSION REPORT ON 'EQUAL PAY IN SCOTTISH COUNCILS'

Commenting on the publication of the Accounts Commission report on ‘Equal Pay in Scottish Councils’, Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes today’s (Thursday) report from the Accounts Commission, which recognises the complex judicial processes and huge costs that councils have faced as they haVe worked hard to meet their equal pay obligations.

“As employers, councils take their responsibilities to achieve equal pay very seriously, and we are frustrated that there remains a high number of claims outstanding. This is in large part down to complex and nuanced legal issues which can frustrate the process and act as barriers to quicker outcomes.

“Councils have endeavoured to settle all legitimate claims as quickly as possible. It is worth noting that cases can remain ‘live’ in the Employment Tribunal system even when settled and we have no control over when these are taken down. Also, many other remaining cases are ‘class actions’ where the settling of a single test case will resolve a larger number of cases in one go.”

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Wed, 06/09/2017 - 23:01