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Mining: Equal Pay

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made in settling claims for equal pay from cleaners and canteen workers in the mining industry. (252142)

[holding answer 28 January 2009]: I am pleased to confirm that liability has been discharged in respect of all traceable, valid claims.

Although careful consideration was given to those British Coal canteen workers and cleaners who did not lodge valid claims within the time limits of the employment tribunal, it would not be deemed to have been appropriate to make an exception.