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Birmingham City Council loses equal pay appeal bid

24 October 2012 Last updated at 11:48 BST

A total of 174 low-paid female ex-Birmingham City Council workers can go ahead with compensation claims over missed bonuses after the council lost a court appeal.

The women, including cooks, cleaners, caterers and care staff, won a ruling over their low pay in November 2011.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected the council's argument the claims should have been made within six months of the women losing their jobs.

The BBC's Phil Mackie spoke to Mary Roche, who is one of the women affected, and Chris Benson from Law firm Leigh Day & Co which has represented the claimants.