More than 1,400 women working in the Fife Council are to share a multi-million-pound payout after they were awarded a lump sum for underpayment.
The payout related to cases dating back to 2006 with Unison being involved in a case that highlighted historic discriminatory pay practices. The case, involving mainly lowly paid Unison members was at the final stage with solicitors negotiating the exact amount of compensation with those involved in the case expected to have news “in due course”.
Dougie Black, the Unison regional organiser for Fife local government, said: "This has been a long time coming. Many claims stretch back to 2006, and we can only thank Unison members for their hard work and patience.
"We will now discuss individual claims with the employer to ensure each claim is calculated properly. This a good day for low-paid women workers and Unison is proud to have been a part of it."
Suzanne Craig, Unison's legal officer, said: "Unison will be seeking early payment from the employers.
"Regrettably it took the threat of proceeding to an employment tribunal to focus the employer's minds to settle, but it is great news for everyone that we have agreed.
"This settlement also agrees on the legal principles for moving forward to ensure wherever possible that job evaluation and pay practices remain free from discrimination in the future."