Equal pay appeal hearing will go ahead

First published in News

COUNCIL bosses and Unison officials have failed to defer an appeal hearing over equal pay scheduled for next month despite both sides reaching agreement over the five-year dispute.

Last week, the Bury Times reported that the local authority and the biggest town hall union had reached a settlement over the issue with offers being made to hundreds of current and former female employees who were paid less than their male colleagues for doing work of equivalent value. In announcing the agreement, council leader Mike Connolly said a joint application with Unison was being made to the Court of Appeal to defer an appeal hearing scheduled for March, thus saving further legal costs. But their bid failed.

A Bury Council spokesman said: “The judge said he had ‘reluctantly’ decided not to adjourn the appeal. This was on the grounds that some claimants had not yet reached agreement with the council and because an appeal by Sunderland City Council, which raises many similar issues to Bury’s case, is due to be held at the same time.

“Our position is clear. We wish to resolve all the equal pay claims taking into account our duty to the Bury taxpayer and to our current and former employees. We have already reached agreement with Unison covering 943 claims and we are in discussion with the representatives of the remaining 138 claimants.”

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5:43pm Thu 16 Feb 12

Greenmount says...

Should have sorted this out months ago
Should have sorted this out months ago Greenmount
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7:04pm Thu 16 Feb 12

ladymanchester54 says...

Greenmount wrote:
Should have sorted this out months ago
I agree but in all fairness, the present administation is picking up the faults of the previous one. lets be patient. we waited this long.
[quote][p][bold]Greenmount[/bold] wrote: Should have sorted this out months ago[/p][/quote]I agree but in all fairness, the present administation is picking up the faults of the previous one. lets be patient. we waited this long. ladymanchester54
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8:55pm Thu 16 Feb 12

scubi46 says...

so what happens now is this another wait for payout !!!!!!
so what happens now is this another wait for payout !!!!!! scubi46
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2:39am Fri 17 Feb 12

Babbar Divino says...

scubi46 wrote:
so what happens now is this another wait for payout !!!!!!
Yes and more rate payers money paid to the incompetent lawyers who gave bad advice in the first place no doubt.
[quote][p][bold]scubi46[/bold] wrote: so what happens now is this another wait for payout !!!!!![/p][/quote]Yes and more rate payers money paid to the incompetent lawyers who gave bad advice in the first place no doubt. Babbar Divino
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3:06pm Fri 17 Feb 12

pablozabaleta says...

I'm glad about this. Labour and Unison have conspired to give staff money which is above and beyond what those workers signed up to earn, on the most spurious of grounds. Bonuses for one type of staff member (some of whom were men, some of whom were women) should never mean that another type of staff member (who may or may not be a woman) automatically deserves the same treatment.

Without an appeal, hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money will go to fund dinner ladies' big screen TVs. I'd rather get this bad decision overturned in the Appeal Court like other Councils are trying to do, no matter how much the lawyers cost. It's a bad laew and deserves to be overturned.
It's a shame Bury Labour don't think the same.
I'm glad about this. Labour and Unison have conspired to give staff money which is above and beyond what those workers signed up to earn, on the most spurious of grounds. Bonuses for one type of staff member (some of whom were men, some of whom were women) should never mean that another type of staff member (who may or may not be a woman) automatically deserves the same treatment. Without an appeal, hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money will go to fund dinner ladies' big screen TVs. I'd rather get this bad decision overturned in the Appeal Court like other Councils are trying to do, no matter how much the lawyers cost. It's a bad laew and deserves to be overturned. It's a shame Bury Labour don't think the same. pablozabaleta
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4:14pm Fri 17 Feb 12

ladymanchester54 says...

pablozabaleta wrote:
I'm glad about this. Labour and Unison have conspired to give staff money which is above and beyond what those workers signed up to earn, on the most spurious of grounds. Bonuses for one type of staff member (some of whom were men, some of whom were women) should never mean that another type of staff member (who may or may not be a woman) automatically deserves the same treatment.

Without an appeal, hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money will go to fund dinner ladies' big screen TVs. I'd rather get this bad decision overturned in the Appeal Court like other Councils are trying to do, no matter how much the lawyers cost. It's a bad laew and deserves to be overturned.
It's a shame Bury Labour don't think the same.
my dear pablozabelta x if only we could afford a 'big flat t.v. screen'!!! maybe one day when you are found to be underpaid, will you be so thrilled when you find out!! think not. get over it!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pablozabaleta[/bold] wrote: I'm glad about this. Labour and Unison have conspired to give staff money which is above and beyond what those workers signed up to earn, on the most spurious of grounds. Bonuses for one type of staff member (some of whom were men, some of whom were women) should never mean that another type of staff member (who may or may not be a woman) automatically deserves the same treatment. Without an appeal, hundreds of thousands of pounds of our money will go to fund dinner ladies' big screen TVs. I'd rather get this bad decision overturned in the Appeal Court like other Councils are trying to do, no matter how much the lawyers cost. It's a bad laew and deserves to be overturned. It's a shame Bury Labour don't think the same.[/p][/quote]my dear pablozabelta x if only we could afford a 'big flat t.v. screen'!!! maybe one day when you are found to be underpaid, will you be so thrilled when you find out!! think not. get over it!!!! ladymanchester54
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5:16pm Fri 17 Feb 12

buryreader says...

I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain
I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain buryreader
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6:56pm Fri 17 Feb 12

ladymanchester54 says...

buryreader wrote:
I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain
my dear buryreader. if us ladies did the bins i guarantee you, your bin will placed back outside your back gate. your road or back street wouldn't have bins through around so you can't get through and we wouldn't drive the wrong way, down a one way street. I know they have a job to do but they should take a little more pride in their work. I for one am getting sick of having to put their bins back because they can't be bothered. And for your comments emptying the bins in snow and rain. many dinner ladies still go outside with the children, come rain, sleet, snow and ice. The bin men don't come out if the road are bad. Don't forget, even the likes of you can empty the bins because its all hydraulic now!!!! Now my dear bury reader, you can add this comment to your other negative 3, posted on items. have fun
[quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain[/p][/quote]my dear buryreader. if us ladies did the bins i guarantee you, your bin will placed back outside your back gate. your road or back street wouldn't have bins through around so you can't get through and we wouldn't drive the wrong way, down a one way street. I know they have a job to do but they should take a little more pride in their work. I for one am getting sick of having to put their bins back because they can't be bothered. And for your comments emptying the bins in snow and rain. many dinner ladies still go outside with the children, come rain, sleet, snow and ice. The bin men don't come out if the road are bad. Don't forget, even the likes of you can empty the bins because its all hydraulic now!!!! Now my dear bury reader, you can add this comment to your other negative 3, posted on items. have fun ladymanchester54
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7:57pm Fri 17 Feb 12

Babbar Divino says...

ladymanchester54 wrote:
buryreader wrote:
I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain
my dear buryreader. if us ladies did the bins i guarantee you, your bin will placed back outside your back gate. your road or back street wouldn't have bins through around so you can't get through and we wouldn't drive the wrong way, down a one way street. I know they have a job to do but they should take a little more pride in their work. I for one am getting sick of having to put their bins back because they can't be bothered. And for your comments emptying the bins in snow and rain. many dinner ladies still go outside with the children, come rain, sleet, snow and ice. The bin men don't come out if the road are bad. Don't forget, even the likes of you can empty the bins because its all hydraulic now!!!! Now my dear bury reader, you can add this comment to your other negative 3, posted on items. have fun
Ha ha touche ladymanchester
[quote][p][bold]ladymanchester54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain[/p][/quote]my dear buryreader. if us ladies did the bins i guarantee you, your bin will placed back outside your back gate. your road or back street wouldn't have bins through around so you can't get through and we wouldn't drive the wrong way, down a one way street. I know they have a job to do but they should take a little more pride in their work. I for one am getting sick of having to put their bins back because they can't be bothered. And for your comments emptying the bins in snow and rain. many dinner ladies still go outside with the children, come rain, sleet, snow and ice. The bin men don't come out if the road are bad. Don't forget, even the likes of you can empty the bins because its all hydraulic now!!!! Now my dear bury reader, you can add this comment to your other negative 3, posted on items. have fun[/p][/quote]Ha ha touche ladymanchester Babbar Divino
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7:59pm Fri 17 Feb 12

buryreader says...

ladymanchester54
the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady
ladymanchester54 the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady buryreader
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8:15pm Fri 17 Feb 12

Babbar Divino says...

buryreader wrote:
ladymanchester54
the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady
I suggest you get onto the councils lawyers they must have a few donkeys that they can lend them to assist dragging the large skips uphill
[quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: ladymanchester54 the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady[/p][/quote]I suggest you get onto the councils lawyers they must have a few donkeys that they can lend them to assist dragging the large skips uphill Babbar Divino
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10:21pm Fri 17 Feb 12

ladymanchester54 says...

buryreader wrote:
ladymanchester54
the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady
well thats your opinion and you are entitled to it. I could be GENT for all you know!!! you go for it my dear MR MUSLE!!! ever heard the saying stick and stones etc!!!
[quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: ladymanchester54 the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady[/p][/quote]well thats your opinion and you are entitled to it. I could be GENT for all you know!!! you go for it my dear MR MUSLE!!! ever heard the saying stick and stones etc!!! ladymanchester54
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5:35am Sat 18 Feb 12

jessica jones says...

My mum is one of the people who has still not been paid out yet Bolton council paid out around 4 years ago. How much money have Bury Council wasted by refusing to pay out. In response to someones comments about the dinner ladies flat screen tvs. It is the least they deserve for putting up with and teaching your children how to behave at lunch time. There are plenty of children who are sent to school without table manners, without anyone to talk to at home about their worries, without any social skills and we musn't forget the children who are sent into school with bruises from their so called parents / carers. Dinner ladies are quite often the people who pick up after bad parents!!
My mum is one of the people who has still not been paid out yet Bolton council paid out around 4 years ago. How much money have Bury Council wasted by refusing to pay out. In response to someones comments about the dinner ladies flat screen tvs. It is the least they deserve for putting up with and teaching your children how to behave at lunch time. There are plenty of children who are sent to school without table manners, without anyone to talk to at home about their worries, without any social skills and we musn't forget the children who are sent into school with bruises from their so called parents / carers. Dinner ladies are quite often the people who pick up after bad parents!! jessica jones
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6:34pm Sun 19 Feb 12

snodgros says...

buryreader wrote:
I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain
Dinner Ladies may not empty bins in the snow and rain but none the less have a difficult and thankless job at times!
[quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: I would love to see the dinner ladies emptying our bins in the snow and rain[/p][/quote]Dinner Ladies may not empty bins in the snow and rain but none the less have a difficult and thankless job at times! snodgros
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10:52pm Sun 19 Feb 12

jessica jones says...

bin men do not empty our bins in snow and rain nevermind anyone else!
bin men do not empty our bins in snow and rain nevermind anyone else! jessica jones
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10:55am Mon 20 Feb 12

Greenmount says...

buryreader wrote:
ladymanchester54
the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady
The bin men work hard...and have received healthy bonuses for years that were illegally withheld from their fellow council employees.
If you think being a dinner lady is easy, you lift and carry twenty tables and eighty chairs, serve 150 two-course meals to unruly and abusive diners, and then restack the chairs and tables in one hour.
[quote][p][bold]buryreader[/bold] wrote: ladymanchester54 the bin men where I live have to pull large skip like bins uphill to the lorry before it is put on a wagon, your report of going out with children in the snow and ice are very exagerated has most schools close and health and saftey would not allow for children to play out on Ice and snow, Oh I always have fun, lastly you are NOT a lady[/p][/quote]The bin men work hard...and have received healthy bonuses for years that were illegally withheld from their fellow council employees. If you think being a dinner lady is easy, you lift and carry twenty tables and eighty chairs, serve 150 two-course meals to unruly and abusive diners, and then restack the chairs and tables in one hour. Greenmount
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