UNISON Fife Local Government Equal Pay Claims
I refer to issues raised regarding the apparent delays in receiving offers of settlement of outstanding claims for equal pay with Fife Council.
Agreement has been reached with the council to allow offers of settlement. There are some 1500 claims from a variety of occupational groups, all different, which require individual calculation and assessment. The initial responsibility rests with the council to review records and produce this work, which is then checked by the UNISON solicitors, Thompsons who are acting for you and your colleagues. Thompsons then issue you with an offer of settlement.
As of today, Friday 4 March, I am advised that Thompsons have done the check and are satisfied that the proper methodology has been used to calculate the offers. They have advised the council of this, and in turn are advised by the council that they aim to have the file with the settlement agreements with Thompsons no later than Wednesday 9 March following which offers will be mailed to members.
I can appreciate the frustration at the time taken to receive offers, however, I trust that you can understand the time associated with the number of claims, and the checking required.
I hope that you find this explanation helpful that you will have a satisfactory solution imminently.
Mike J Kirby