There have been lots of calls from clients in North Lanarkshire recently - asking for an update on the progress of claims in that area.
The position in North Lanarkshire is exactly the same as everywhere else - people's claims are all working their way through the Employment Tribunals - and as soon are there is any news or progress to share, the details will be reported here on this web site.
It's true that more and more councils are signalling a desire to reach a settlement - along similar lines to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling - and we hope to be making further announcements (regarding other councils) in the next couple of weeks.
But the employers are not settling out of charity or because they suddenly want to be kind to their staff!
No, these councils are settling because the law on equal pay is the same right across the country. And the employers can see that it will cost them even more, if cases go all the way through the Employment Tribunal process.
In the areas that have reached agreement so far, local politicians have come under terrific pressure to explain where they stand on equal pay - which in turn has put pressure on their local council to reach a negotiated settlement.
Many hands make light work. So, the more that local councillors, MPs or MSPs are put on the spot over their stance on equal pay - the sooner this whole business will be brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
The web site has plenty of information about how to raise the issue of equal pay with local councillors, MPs and MSPs - for more information have a look at the posts dated 1 August, 22 June and 16 February 2007.
Contact details for local councillors can be found either through your own local council's web site or via CoSLA at: http://www.cosla.gov.uk/
Similarly, contact details for MPs and MSPs can be found at the following addresses:
MPs - http://www.parliament.uk/
MSPs - http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/
In the current highly charged political climate, this is a great opportunity to demand that politicians come off the fence and support their local constituents over equal pay.
If you need any further advice or help, please contact Action 4 Equality Scotland on 0131 667 7956