Decision details

Equal Pay Litigation (GCS3)

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to make formal offers to settle any outstanding equal pay claims to enable the most cost effective way of concluding the current litigation process.


The Executive Meeting considered a proposal to settle outstanding claims arising from 1997 Single Status Agreement and the 2004 Pay Agreement for Local Authority workers, in line with the Memorandum of Understanding between the Council and claimants’ representatives, signed by the Executive Councillor (Governance & Corporate Services) on 20 July 2012 (confidential appendix 1 of the report) and then agreed to


·         the making of offers of settlement to claimants under the 2004 Pay Agreement for Local Authority workers in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the commitment of the Council to making compensation payments to be funded from the provision set aside in accordance with the signed MoU;

·         the delegation to the Corporate Director for Corporate and Support Services the authority to determine the timing and process for implementing the MoU.


(Note: the report included information ‘Not for Publication’ contained within its appendix that had been circulated to executive councillors only).

Alternative options considered:


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Equality and/or Environmental Impact Assessment: Addressing equal pay issues is a key part of the equalities agenda.

Decision Reference: ED1422

Forward Plan Reference: GCS3

Other reasons / organisations consulted

There will be engagement with Trade Unions and their legal representatives should any queries arise on individual settlement figures.  There will also be liaison with group companies where settlement claims relate to current or previous employees of those companies.

Contact: Ken Wheatley, Corporate and Support Services Email: Tel: 0161 474 1437.

Report author: Ken Wheatley

Publication date: 22/08/2012

Date of decision: 20/08/2012

Decided at meeting: 20/08/2012 - Executive

Effective from: 30/08/2012

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