Update – Aberdeenshire Council – 29th May 2015
EV and 2nd wave cases
We represent 52 claimants with on-going equal pay cases against Aberdeenshire Council. Due to ongoing delays we requested a Preliminary Hearing which took place on 21st May 2015 in the Aberdeen Employment Tribunal. A further hearing has been arranged for 30th June 2015.
Following robust submissions the Judge has ordered the Council to clearly state their defence to these equal pay cases within 21 days of the last PH. No substantial hearings have taken place against Aberdeenshire. Full hearing dates will need to be listed later this year. However before legal arguments can take place at any 2nd wave hearing the Council must state clearly whether they have any defence to these cases, and if so the nature of any defence, and whether they had knowledge of pre-existing pay inequality. We expect further progress to be made at the next PH at the end of June.
There are also a small number of equal value claimants who have not received any settlement. Some of these cases date back to 2005 may be due compensation back to 2000. Further delay will only result in additional costs to the Council as interest is added at 8%. We have tried to engage this Council in settlement discussions but to date have had no constructive response.
We understand that the political leadership of Aberdeenshire Council has recently changed. This may influence the Council’s strategy towards this litigation and we would urge all claimants to lobby their local Councillors, MP and MSP to question why the Council has yet to resolve these equal pay cases. Some cases have been lodged for nearly 10 years.
We will keep you advised of developments and will post updates when we can. We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.
29th May 2015