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Morton Fraser Lawyers are delighted to be working with Unison to represent their members in their equal pay claims against Glasgow City Council and other Glasgow City Council employers.
Most of our settlement offers have now been sent to those with claims that are eligible for settlement. These claims have been settled up to 31 March 2018 and are now on hold ('sisted') at the Employment Tribunal until the implementation of the new job evaluation scheme. Following implementation, we will re-start settlement talks with the Council about the period after 31 March 2018. We do not expect these talks to happen until April 2021 at the earliest.
If you are a Unison member who wants to bring a new claim you will need to complete a Caseform. Caseforms can be obtained by contacting Unison directly on (0141) 342 2832.
Once we receive your claim we will send you our Terms of Engagement letter welcoming you as a client of Morton Fraser and explaining the way your work will be handled. Please contact us at email@example.com(quoting your National Insurance number) if you have not received your Terms of Engagement letter within one month of submitting your claim.
The first step that we take is to start the Early Conciliation process with ACAS on your behalf. Unison will also submit a grievance to your employer on your behalf. Finally, once we have completed these steps we will lodge an Employment Tribunal claim for you and send you a copy of the claim form.
We will not send you a copy of your claim until we have received a case number from the Employment Tribunal and a copy of the Council's response to your claim. The Tribunal currently has a significant backlog so we would ask you to be patient whilst we wait for these documents to be issued by the Tribunal.
It is very important that you keep us informed of any changes in your personal details or your employment details as this may affect your claim.
While your employment is continuing in your current post there is no time limit for taking a claim to the Employment Tribunal. However, if there is any change to your employment circumstances you only have 6 months to lodge a claim from the date of the change. You must therefore tell us as soon as possible if:
you leave your current job
you change job with your current employer
there is any change to your terms and conditions
your employment transfers to a new employer (known as a 'TUPE transfer')
or if any of the above changes have occurred in the last 6 months.
If you had an equal pay claim supported by Unison in which you were represented by Thompsons you should have received a mandate asking you to give your permission for your file to be transferred to us from Thompsons. If you did not receive a mandate and you believe you have a claim which is backed by Unison please let us know. If there has been any change in your personal or employment details since your claim was lodged please send details (quoting your National Insurance number) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
STRATHCLYDE PENSION FUND (SPF)
Glasgow City Council (GCC) pay any backdated and employee and employer pension contributions that may be due on the settlement payments, to SPF.
For those claimants that have already retired, GCC has paid all pension contributions due in respect of those claimants to SPF. SPF will then recalculate the pension entitlements. We do not have a timescale for how long this will take, and we would ask that you please direct any query about that to SPF.
We understand that GCC is now in the process of paying any pension contributions that may be due in relation to members of the pension who have not yet retired. Again, we do not have a timescale for how long this will take, and any pensions queries should be directed to SPF.
BACKGROUND TO THE CLAIMS
The claims that were lodged prior to August 2017 were the subject of two successful appeals to the Court of Session, Scotland's highest court.
The first decision made in May 2017 was about the pay protection scheme that the Council brought in during 2006 following the implementation of the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review. The Court ruled that the pay protection scheme was discriminatory and could not be justified.
The second decision - in August 2017 - was about the job evaluation scheme that the Council used to value all jobs in the Council and to establish a new pay and grading system under the Workforce Pay and Benefits Review. The Court ruled that the job evaluation scheme was fundamentally flawed, which means that the Council cannot use the scheme as a defence to any equal pay claim. On the 17th of January 2018 the Council decided not to appeal the decision any further. Instead, the Council agreed to talks with the unions regarding settlement and to implement a new job evaluation scheme.
It is very important that you keep us informed of any changes in your personal details or your employment details as this may affect your claim. Please send details of any changes (quoting your National Insurance number) to: email@example.com
If you do not have access to email please call the equal pay team on (0131) 247 1275 and leave a message setting out the nature of your query and giving your National Insurance number and Tribunal case number if possible.