Fergusson astonished by ‘equal pay’ meeting turn-out

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has expressed his astonishment at the number of people who attended the meeting he had organised last Thursday (30th April) in Troqueer Community Centre.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from an Employment Law Specialist from Digby Brown Solicitors in Glasgow on the options that might be open to them with regard to the Equal Pay claim made against the Council.

After the meeting, Mr Fergusson said: “Some 130 people came to this meeting at the end of a busy working day, and they came from as far afield as Gretna and Wigtown. The anger against both the Council, as the employer, and Unison, the principle trade union involved, was obvious for all to see and is entirely understandable.

“If I worked alongside colleagues who had been given several thousand pounds in compensation by my employer whilst I had not, I would be absolutely furious – and justifiably so. These 130 Classroom Assistants, Special Needs Assistants and Nursery Nurses had mostly never heard about the claim that Unison and Unite were pursuing against the Council, and believe that both the Council, and the Unions, have let them down badly. I completely agree, and will be meeting with Digby Brown again on Thursday 14th May to further discuss the way forward, in order to try to ensure that these people receive the justice they deserve.”