Announcement on “Equal Pay” payout.

Birmingham Unison has made progress on getting a settlement for members which has been termed “third generation equal pay claims” Members will receive either an e-mail or letter explaining more about this.

Please note we do not have the figures for the amounts that may be paid out, but it is thought it will be a lot less than former payouts for 1st or 2nd generation. We currently don’t have the timescale for when this will be completed but we will keep you up to date.

Direct Debt paying members will receive this:

“I am writing to let you know that we have been in discussions with Birmingham City Council for many months about what have been termed “third generation equal pay claims”.

Although the council do not admit any liability for claims, these talks have been about achieving equity between Union members and employees who have brought claims through no-win, no-fee solicitors. They are seeking to make settlement offers to members of trade unions who are current employees of Birmingham City Council, Local Authority Schools and wholly owned companies such as Birmingham’s Children’s Trust and Acivico.

They are also willing to make offers to members that used the company Leigh Day & co for third generation claims that were paid up to May 2013.

Please note that whilst UNISON has pursued equity for union members we have done so without having convincing evidence that there are “third generation claims”. Therefore we do not intend to pursue any claims to the Employment Tribunal unless you can provide us with evidence to be able to do so.

As a member of UNISON, if you have not yet made a claim against the Council for the period from November 2011 you may be entitled to receive a settlement offer from the Council.

The council have asked us to provide them with a list of members so that they can decide if you are entitled to a payment offer.  They have asked us to provide them with your name and either your payroll or national insurance number so that they can properly identify you.  We need to check whether you are have a termination date or end date to your employment that means you will have left the Council before [likely date of the agreement].

To release this information under GDPR we need your written consent.

As a Direct Debit payer your membership is only current if you are paying the correct level of membership subscriptions.  This will need to be checked by staff in our offices and we are therefore asking Direct Debit paying members to attend a session below where you will be asked to fill in a consent form and bring in a current payslip or a print a copy of your pay information from people solutions.

You do not need to book a time slot.

Thursday 1st August 2019      9am – 5:30pm

Friday 2nd August 2019          8:30am – 4pm

Thursday 8th August 2019      8:30am – 5pm

Friday 9th August 2019           8:30am – 12:30pm

Alternatively download the FORM: BCC EP 18 -19 settlement offer Direct Debit Payers check Form MN v1 cllh edit (00000003), fill it in and scan your LATEST pay slip and send BOTH as attachments to info@birminghamunison.co.uk”

If you pay by DOCAS (via your salary) you will receive this:

“I am writing to let you know that we have been in discussions with Birmingham City Council for many months about what have been termed “third generation equal pay claims”.

Although the council do not admit any liability for claims, these talks have been about achieving equity between Union members and employees who have brought claims through no-win, no-fee solicitors. They are seeking to make settlement offers to members of trade unions who are current employees of Birmingham City Council, Local Authority Schools and wholly owned companies such as Birmingham’s Children’s Trust and Acivico who have yet to receive a settlement.

They are also willing to make offers to members that used the company Leigh Day & co for third generation claims that were paid up to May 2013. Please identify if you are a Leigh Day & Co claimant.

Please note that whilst UNISON has pursued equity for union members we have done so without having convincing evidence that there are “third generation claims”. Therefore, we do not intend to pursue any claims to the Employment Tribunal unless you can provide us with evidence to be able to do so.

As a member of UNISON, if you have not yet made a claim against the Council for the period from November 2011 you may be entitled to receive a settlement offer from the Council.

The Council have asked us to provide them with a list of members so that they can decide to make you an offer. They have asked us to provide them with your name and either your payroll or national insurance number so that they can properly identify you.
If you do not wish us to do this please write to Caroline Johnson by emailing caroline.johnson@birminghamunison.co.uk or writing to the address above  by Friday 23rd August 2019.

The Council have not been clear about how long it will take to process the offers so we will be updating you on a regular basis.  It would be very helpful if we could in future contact you by email.

Please check your details held centrally by UNISON as soon as possible, there are a number of ways to do this:

  • MyUNISON – https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison is the subsite of the main National UNISON website that allows you to update your details and control what UNISON contact you about (there are some things we are legally required to contact you about so you can’t cut off contact completely) This is where you can add an email address.
  • UNISON Direct – 0800 0 857 857 is the UNISON contact centre where you can update your details and access a range of other UNISON services, in particular if you have lost your membership card and need to know your membership number this is the best place to go to get your membership number and request a replacement card
  • Branch Membership Services Officer – Martin.Carroll@birminghamunison.co.uk Martin is our current Membership Services Officer and can be contacted by email  or phone, 0121 200 7122, note that he is only in branch Wednesday to Friday as he does not have full time release.”

The Branch in the process of sending out letters and e-mails to members. If we have a current email address for you this will be used, if we do not you will receive a letter.

For further communication about this please update your email address with the branch.