In Parliamentary Question Time on Wednesday, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson asked the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights to intervene in the long running claim against Dumfries and Galloway Council on equal pay.
Speaking from the Scottish Parliament Mr Fergusson said: “I have been contacted by a number of classroom and special needs assistants who are understandably perplexed that colleagues have received notification from their Union that they will receive compensatory pay-outs ranging from a couple of hundred pounds to several thousand. Inevitably in a large rural area such as Dumfries & Galloway, many people did not hear about the possibility of a claim and now find that while their colleagues will be compensated they will not and, to make matters worse, they have been told by the Council that any further claims will be time-barred”.
“This may be correct from the legal point of view, but it is certainly not from a moral perspective. It is not fair and it is certainly not equal. I therefore asked the Cabinet Secretary what steps the Scottish Government can take to resolve the situation, and I am pleased that he has agreed to meet with me to discuss it.
“Equal pay cannot just be for those lucky enough to hear about the claim – it must be for all or it isn’t equal. Nothing less will do”.