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CUMBRIAN WOMEN IN HISTORIC CHALLENGE

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Thousands of women employed by Cumbria CC are set to join an historic legal battle against their bosses for paying ...
Thousands of women employed by Cumbria CC are set to join an historic legal battle against their bosses for paying them less than male colleagues.

The GMB is mounting a legal challenge which could boost the pay of around 3,000 Cumbrian care workers. Some could win rises of more£3,000, says the union.

GMB officials say the claims are being brought because the council's pay policy discriminates against women: for the past 12 years, staff in male-dominated professions have received bonus payments, boosting basic earnings by up to 50%.

Yet female council staff - including care workers, school cooks and classroom assistants - have no scheme.

Around 200 women have already lodged claims.
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