01 May 2014 #Employment
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has conceded claims for sex discrimination and equal pay for a group of its male caretakers and maintenance staff.
UWTSD merged with Swansea Metropolitan University in August 2013 and in so doing also became liable for the consequences of contractual changes implemented by in 2007. Those changes aimed at standardising worker’s contracts, had reduced the men’s basic working hours from 45 to 37 hours per week (with the remaining 8 hours to be guaranteed as overtime). The men had argued however, that those changes had also meant their hourly payment rate was less than women on the same pay scale who were working in office roles.
UWTSD, in conceding the claims said that it had no involvement in the historic contract changes which had led to these claims and was disappointed that it had now to deal with the consequences. Media reports suggest the men, who remain employed by UWTSD, could now receive up to £30,000 each in back pay.
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Ann Marie Burke
Carillion Advice Services, seconded to Clarkslegal LLP