'Landmark' equal pay ruling

The Supreme Court has ruled that 174 claimants who used to work for Birmingham City Council can launch equal pay compensation claims past the current six-month time limit. Lawyers for the former employees have described the judgment as a "landmark."

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Women's group: 'Supreme Court ruling sets excellent precedent'

The Women’s Resource Centre, which supports women's organisations to be more effective and sustainable, welcomed the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on equal pay, stating that it represented a move away from a "Victorian-esque" view of "men's work" and "women's work".

That these women were denied the bonuses given to their male counterparts is indicative of historical evidence which shows that any specific sector that is mostly populated by women is not only very low paid, but that those men who do work in those sectors actually earn more on average than the women who constitute the majority.

We need a shift across society which moves away from the Victorian-esque view that‘men’s work’ is more valuable than ‘women’s work’; this ruling sets an excellent precedent towards achieving this.

– Vivienne Hayes, Chief Executive, Women’s Resource Centre

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