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Critics have hit back at Dundee Council claiming that the cuts suggested by the organisation will affect lowest paid staff and vulnerable staff such as women on maternity leave.

The council wants to transform the way it pays staff in an attempt to make savings after the organisation was told it had to save £23 million from its budget. Some trade unions such as the GMB have condemned the proposals warning that under the plans from the council workers on a low income would be worse off and women on maternity leave could lose thousands.

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A worrying survey has found that female solicitors are effectively working from free from mid-August as a result of the gender pay gap in the legal sector.

According to new research from the Law Society of Scotland show that throughout a legal career there can be as much as a 42% difference in salaries between males and females. The research analysed average full-time salaries between males and females and looked at the difference at each level of employment, with salaries varying between 2% to 42% at numerous stages,

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Solicitors have criticised the government's decision to implement legislation that is meant to protect workers on zero-hour contracts, with experts calling the legislation as “toothless”.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 was passed under the Liberal-Conservative coalition government with the intention to ban clauses that allow employers to block zero-hours employees from having other jobs.

Such exclusivity clauses were promised in the General Election with the Prime Minister promising to scrap such clauses and look into scrapping zero hour contracts.

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More than a quarter of employers (28%) plan to give workers a pay rise this year and a further 40% are still considering increasing wages, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from professional body the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

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Workers who have been on a zero-hours contract for at least 12 months should be given the legal right to switch to a fixed hours contract if they’ve worked regular shifts during that time, according to a new report into the controversial employment practice.

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