The former leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ivor Hyslop, has said that the "cowardice and lack of moral fibre" of seven councillors who resigned ahead of his own decision to step down will not be forgotten.
"It has been a huge privilege to Lead this Council for 6 years, the support of collegues today in the Chamber is very much appreciated.
"I always said I would serve as Leader of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Conservative and Unionist Group and indeed the Council unless asked otherwise.
"At no time have the seven who have ripped our group apart challenged that, or had the courage to face me, their cowardice and lack of moral fibre will be remembered by all for many years to come."
– Ivor Hyslop, former leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council
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.
This is a landmark case in equal pay across the UK. UNISON’s determination to fight for our members has successfully defended the intentions of the Equal Pay Act.
"Losing this would have been a serious setback for the Act itself.
“It is a disgrace that it is taking so long for women to get equal pay with men and that councils have fought to defend discriminatory practice in this way.
“More than 40 years after the Equal Pay Act, and after 30 years of equal value claims and 20 years after Scottish local authorities and trade unions reached agreement on implementing equal pay, there is finally no hiding place.
“The unions, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government have been telling council leaders to get this sorted out.
“We are proud that it was UNISON alone who got the final answer from the Supreme Court. It is time for councils to stump up and give our members what is due to them.”
“I am delighted that the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of our women members. It is a shame, though, that they have had to go through this process and endure a seven-year wait, just to get equal pay.
“Dumfries and Galloway Council should take immediate steps to correct their pay and I urge other councils to follow suit. We have nearly 2,000 cases on hold, waiting for this judgment.
“Employers should be in no doubt that this union will continue to pursue cases until all women are treated equally.
"There are far too many who are still discriminated against and far too many employers who are using every single legal argument and loophole to dodge their obligations under equal pay law.”