Saturday, 28 January 2012
Former APT&C Workers
A lot of readers have been in touch asking what they can to do speed up settlement of outstanding APT&C claims - following the recent settlement in Edinburgh City Council.
I published a list of all the other Scottish councils with significant numbers of claims - and reproduce this list again below for information and easy reference.
All of these councils have been contacted by Fox Cross Solicitors and invited to settle their own outstanding cases - because the legal issues involved are exactly the same as in Edinburgh.
If claimants in these areas want to lend a hand - then why not write directly to the Leader of the council involved - encouraging that council to do the write thing.
After all the writing is on the wall - and there is no good reason for these councils to continue dragging their feet.
Many A4ES claimants in Edinburgh did so and it seemed to have a very positive effect.
Council leaders - and elected councillors - in other areas may be more inclined to come to their senses - with the local council elections only a few months away in 2012.
I will start with North Lanarkshire Council (NLC) in the next few days - NLC has a large number of outstanding former APT&C claims - and also a large group of male claimants which most councils settled up long ago.
Head in the Sand (January 13th 2012)
A number of readers have been in touch to ask about the implications of their Edinburgh 'Wilkinson' case - for their own outstanding equal pay claims.
Well the answer is that the Wilkinson decision is very significant - and that lots of other councils have been waiting in the wings to see what happened in that case.
Now that the case has been abandoned by Edinburgh City Council - the lead council - it puts all the other councils in a very difficult position.
In theory they could appeal to the UK Supreme Court - but on what grounds that Edinburgh hasn't already considered and rejected?
So Action 4 Equality Scotland is calling on all these councils to do the right thing - to stop faffing around and settle all their outstanding claims from former APT&C workers.
Here's a list of Scottish councils with the greatest number of outstanding cases - Edinburgh has now settled - while Glasgow and South Lanarkshire are in categories of their own.
So let's hope these councils follow Edinburgh's lead - by getting their heads out of the sand without any further delay.
If not the issue is likely to build up a big head of steam - as we head towards the next round of local council elections - which are coming up in May 2012.
Argyll & Bute