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EMPLOYERS CALL FOR EQUAL PAY CLAIM PROTECTION

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Local Government Employers (LGE) is pushing for new methods to tackle the current crisis over single-status agreeme...
Local Government Employers (LGE) is pushing for new methods to tackle the current crisis over single-status agreements which could involve new legislation.

Councils, employers and unions are set to miss a self-imposed deadline to settle equal pay deals across the country by next year. The delay has been caused by a 'double-hit' whereby a council agreeing to review its pay structures is tacitly admitting that they are unfair, thus leading the door open to claims for back-pay. The LGE has estimated the total cost to local government of back-pay compensation claims could reach£5bn (LGC, 27 July).

The LGE and its parent body, the Local Government Association, are considering petitioning government to legislate to allow the two issues of striking equal pay agreements and meeting back-pay claims to be separated.

Phil White, assistant director of negotiations at the LGE, said: 'The objective would be to give the parties involved the confidence that the agreements they reach would stick.'
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