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Hundreds of women employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council have won the right to equal pay, after the Supreme Court ruled that they had suffered discrimination.
It is expected to cost the authority about one and half million pounds to settle claims by 250 staff, including classroom assistants and nursery nurses.
The judgment paves the way for thousands more claims by female council staff in Scotland.
Matthew Taylor reports:
Below is a statement from Dumfries and Galloway Council in response to the Supreme Court case ruling:
UNISON Scotland says that the 251 Dumfries and Galloway claimants can expect to share around £1.5 million in compensation.
The overall compensation figure for 2,000 female members of UNISON Scotland is almost £12 million, after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the claimants.
250 female public sector workers have won a Supreme Court case against Dumfries and Galloway Council in a fight over equal pay.
Elaine North, who has fronted the campaign for equal pay, said:
"What we got today was a big step forward and I don't think we will ever stop fighting to get what we are entitled to.
"I love my job and I'm a mum and a grandmother and we are fighting for what we have now and the generation that come after us. This is about all women.
"We started this case seven years ago, they kept knocking us back but Unison fought the fight for us and with us and I'm really grateful to everyone involved."
More than 250 woman from Dumfries and Galloway are awaiting a Supreme Court decision over an equal pay row with Dumfries and Galloway Council.
UNISON is pursuing an equal pay claim for a the group of classroom assistants, support for learning assistants and nursery nurses.
The claimants say that their work is of equal value to male manual workers, including grounds men, road workers, refuse drivers, refuse collectors and leisure attendants.
Hundreds of women employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council will find out today if they are going to get the same pay benefits as men doing equivalent manual jobs.
The council is set to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds if the women's appeal is successful.