Tesco faces equal pay case for different jobs

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not going to die on a hill for Tesco but is this potential case taking the michael? some law firm either are or are going to take a case against tesco because the warehouse staff are paid more than the shop floor staff. they are different jobs ffs and this being sold as a gender case even though Im sure both sexes are free to apply for either job? dont see a strong case here unless everyone loses the run of themselves


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-07/tesco-faces-equal-pay-case-that-seeks-as-much-as-5-6-billion


As the U.K. forces companies to disclose the gap between men’s and women’s pay, the country’s biggest private employer is confronted with a massive demand from workers feeling short-changed.

Supermarket chain Tesco Plc has been presented with claims that law firm Leigh Day says could eventually total as much as 4 billion pounds ($5.6 billion). The firm contends that female shop-floor workers are unfairly paid less than their male counterparts in warehouses and says more than 200,000 workers could be entitled to compensation.

“There really should be no argument that workers in stores, compared to those working in distribution centers, contribute at least equal value to the vast profits made by Tesco,” Leigh Day lawyer Paula Lee said. Tesco said it hadn’t received the claims.


Staff in Tesco’s stores are paid around 8 pounds an hour, while their counterparts in distribution centers may get in excess of 11.50 pounds, Leigh Day said. The firm said it has been approached by more than 1,000 people either currently or formerly employed by Tesco.
 


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not going to die on a hill for Tesco but is this potential case taking the michael? some law firm either are or are going to take a case against tesco because the warehouse staff are paid more than the shop floor staff. they are different jobs ffs and this being sold as a gender case even though Im sure both sexes are free to apply for either job? dont see a strong case here unless everyone loses the run of themselves


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-07/tesco-faces-equal-pay-case-that-seeks-as-much-as-5-6-billion
It is very difficult to prove equality between different jobs. I recall a case, back in the 80s I think, where a group of women took a case for equality with men who were performing different work. The outcome was that they lost the case because their work was deemed to be of a higher quality, and therefore not equal to the work being performed by the men. So unless the relevant law is different, they may not have much chance of success.
 


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