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HUGE TASK OF GIVING HOUSE OF LORDS DINNER LADIES£3M PAY BACK

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Dinner ladies in North Yorkshire who won a landmark sex discrimination case are still waiting for their£3m in back...
Dinner ladies in North Yorkshire who won a landmark sex discrimination case are still waiting for their £3m in back pay, reports the Yorkshire Post (p8).

Three months ago the House of Lords upheld appeals by three dinner ladies representing 1,200 colleagues, against a previous ruling that they had not been discriminated against by North Yorkshire CC.

The dinner ladies had been laid off in 1991 and re-employed on lower wages than their male equivalents, the Lords ruled, in order to win contracts subject to compulsory competitive tendering.

Union leaders are hoping to push the council into processing the payments of around £1,500 each before Christmas, reports the Post.

Steve Hoyland, regional officer for Unison, said:

'We all understand the enormity of the task. It's not simply a question of pressing a button on a computer and the cheque being sent out. The council is having to work through each individual's time sheets for the last four years.'

Richard Daly, North Yorkshire's assistant county secretary, said that a committee room had been set aside for a team of 11 people to sift through time sheets.

'We can understand people's feelings of frustration and impatience. My message to them is please don't worry. They will be getting their money - but it's vital that they get the correct amount first time.'

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