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St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council v Derbyshire and others [2004] IRLR 851 EAT

In 1998, 510 catering staff employed by St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council (the "council") in its school meal service brought equal pay claims on the grounds that they did not receive a bonus, in the same way as the council's road sweepers. A job evaluation scheme had rated the work of the catering staff as equivalent to the work of the road sweepers, who were predominantly male. The claims were resisted and subsequently, 470 applicants accepted payment of a lump sum to be distributed among those who agreed to settle their claims. However, Mrs Derbyshire and 38 other applicants rejected the settlement terms offered and proceeded with their equal pay claims, supported by the GMB. In March 2001, the equal pay claims were heard by a tribunal. The claims were ...

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