The equal pay scandal that drove Birmingham Council to the edge of bankruptcy
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September 05 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

The equal pay scandal that drove Birmingham Council to the edge of bankruptcy

This article from ITV may be of interest. Here is a section:

GMB Organiser, Michelle McCrossen, said: “Today’s announcement is a humiliating admission of failure on the part of Birmingham City Council’s officials and leadership.

“Not only are they responsible for creating this crisis through years of discriminating against their own staff, but even they no longer believe themselves capable of fixing it.

“For decades the Council has stolen wages from its low-paid women workers, running up a huge equal pay liability that has brought Birmingham to the brink." 

They said today's news will be worrying for staff and residents. 

Equal pay cases are happening across retail as well.  

We revealed leaked documents that show a boost for the 55,000 claimants taking on Asda - where male dominated distribution centres have higher wages than the shop floor.

Eoin Treacy's view

Disputes about equal pay seem out of character with the times we live in. Surely everyone doing the same job is offered the same pay? The reality is, they are. That is not what this issue is about. The GMB union’s successful gambit is council officials are incapable of defending their job description methodology in court. That’s especially true when many people are no longer capable of differentiating between genders in public life.

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