Lots of people ask me questions about equal pay via Facebook which I can't always respond to on an individual basis because that's what my blog site is for - speaking to hundreds, sometimes thousands, of readers at the same time.
So here is a summary response to various Facebook queries about 'old' and 'new' equal pay claims in Glasgow.
- Any completely new claim registered with the Employment Tribunals jumps back 5 years in time, but also counts going forward until the equal pay dispute with Glasgow is resolved.
- If someone leaves the City Council's employment, their equal pay claim goes up to their last day of service.
- If someone has been a client of A4ES for years, say from 2007 onwards, their equal pay claim goes back the full 10 years and also counts going forward until the dispute with Glasgow is revolved.
- If someone transfers an existing equal pay claim to A4ES (from one of the unions), their case will be re-registered with the Employment Tribunals and, if necessary, a new claim may also be registered to protect people's interests.
- GMB members have had their equal pay claims restricted to only 3 years and this presents a particular problem.
- Any GMB members transferring claims to A4ES will have their claims re-registered and will have a new claim started as well, but they may have to consider separate action against the GMB (and/or its lawyers) if they suffer a financial loss because of the GMB's handling of their original claim.
- If someone changes their job or is promoted, they must inform A4ES straight away as it may be necessary to register a new claim to protect people's individual interests.