St Helens Council has been ordered by the Employment Tribunal to pay £3.5 million to claimants in an equal pay case that has been ongoing for a number of years, going through the Employment Appeal Tribunal before the council chose not to take proceedings to the Court of Appeal.
The recipients of the claims were members of the GMB union, and some have now been awarded five-figure sums by the court.
This is the third major equal pay claim that has been won by the union in the north west, with Knowsley and Liverpool also paying out multi-million sums to claimants.
“This is a huge victory for GMB members at St Helens Council – and for equal rights in general,” commented Paul McCarthy, GMB regional secretary. “The authority used every legal argument they could to avoid paying out but after years of wasting everyone’s time they failed.