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A new study has revealed that at least 25% of workers in Scotland have witnessed some sort of gender bias in the workplace according to a poll from The Scotsman.

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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."

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According to the latest study on female employment in the EU Scotland, has one of the lowest female unemployment rates.

The figures, which collate information from the final three months of 2014 show that the level of female unemployment stood at 4% according to Eurostat figures. Positively the stats were ahead of other European rivals such as Germany (4.5%) and significantly higher than the UK rate of female unemployment at 5.3%.

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Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ according to the latest figures released by the European Commission.

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Women apprentices are far more likely to end up in low-paid jobs as a result of training in female-dominated sectors, according to new research published by unionlearn – the TUC’s learning and skills organisation – and the National Apprenticeship Service.

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The number of companies signed up to government’s Think, Act, Report campaign has more than doubled in the last year, Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller has announced.

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A recent study launched by Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender campaign, is calling for 100,000 women aged 28-40 to participate in a survey of unprecedented scale into their experiences at work.

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Female representation in the UK’s top companies’ boards continues to increase, according to the latest figures for Women on Boards.

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New data released by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) has found evidence of a gender pay gap of up to 50% in the payment of bonuses.

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