Birmingham City Council to settle 11,000 equal pay claims

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Some of the women in the Abdulla Group
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The female workers who made the claims included former cooks, cleaners, caterers and care staff

Birmingham City Council and the joint trade unions have reached an agreement to settle equal pay claims brought mainly by female employees who missed out on bonuses.

The council said the agreement would avoid "lengthy and costly" employment tribunal hearings "which could have continued for several more years".

The agreement covers about 11,000 cases, dating back to 2008.

Unison said the settlement "avoided lengthy and costly hearings".

Unite is yet to comment.

The council has applied to postpone a hearing due to start on Monday.

In January Birmingham City Council said it was facing a shortfall of about £200m to settle claims brought by former employees.

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of 174 claimants last October and ordered the authority to pay out at least £757m.

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