Press release

Equal pay test case

Some media have reported on a UNISON press notice claiming that a London nurse won a landmark equal pay test case against City & Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


UNISON claimed that this case, which centered around whether employers can justify paying women less than men under the old Whitley Council pay system, will have implications for thousands of claims being pursued.

In response to the UNISON press notice, a Department of Health spokesperson said:

“Unison’s statement is highly misleading. The Department of Health and City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust successfully defended the central issue in this case and the tribunal found in favour of the Secretary of State and the Trust. We will carefully consider this judgement and the implications for similar claims made against NHS employers.”

Published 5 August 2011