09 September 2010 #Employment
The Newcastle Chronicle has today reported that the female workers, employed by Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at Newcastle`s Royal Victoria Infirmary, were found to have been paid significantly lower wages compared with male workers carrying out comparable jobs.
The claims have been ongoing since 2000 with over 160 cleaners, telephonists, kitchen workers, laundry workers and ward hostesses at the hospital, including 10 male workers, bringing claims. The employees have been assisted by Unison.
Most of the 161 workers carried out cleaning duties at the hospital. Men working as porters at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle were typically paid bonuses of around £20 a week, which the women were not entitled to claim.
The employees have had various decisions go in their favour, including in the Court of Appeal in 2005, at the Employment Tribunal in December 2007 and at the EAT in February 2010. Yesterday`s hearing was a final attempt by the Trust to overturn those rulings.