Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council First Wave of Claims
We have now received the signed Memorandum of Understanding signed by solicitors on behalf of Glasgow City Council and the GMB.
We have a received a batch of 162 compromise agreements in the Glasgow First Wave and these have all been sent out to the Claimants. If you have received an offer in this batch, you should return the completed paperwork to us no later than 1 March 2013.
We have been advised by Glasgow City Council that they have issued the cheques directly to those who have signed compromise agreements.
For all clients who have now queried their offer or calculation, please be aware that Digby Brown have forwarded this information to the council and now await a response for each individual claim.
Glasgow City Council Second Wave of Claims
A Pre-hearing review has been taking place in respect of Second Wave claims brought against Glasgow City Council. This has taken 39 days to date, with a planned further four days. The majority of this time has been spent considering the validity of the Work Pay and benefits job evaluation scheme, which as a GMB policy was not challenged by the GMB. Pay protection was included in this hearing.
In addition the Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently ruled that all claims taken by GMB members originally against Glasgow City Council should proceed only against Cordia who were added as a second Respondent for those claimants who had transferred to Cordia. That had the effect that Glasgow City Council has been removed from the proceedings.
The Pay protection claims are being fiercely contested by Glasgow City Council/Cordia. They are arguing that, as the comparators for the claims were never on the same terms and conditions, they cannot be used as valid comparators and the claims should be dismissed. The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has a case due to be heard week commencing 20th May 2013, which may have a bearing on this argument. If it finds for the Employers,
who in that case are Dumfries and Galloway Council, it may cause difficulties in the case against Glasgow City Council/Cordia.