Equal Pay

Equal Pay

EQUAL PAY STATEMENT

Introduction

South Lanarkshire College is committed to the principle of equal pay for all our staff. We aim to eliminate any bias in our pay systems on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, disability, religion or belief.
We recognise that equal pay between men and women is a legal right under domestic and European law.
It is good business practice, and in the interests of the College to ensure that we have fair and just pay systems. We value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity, and aim to publicise these values to our staff and students. It is important that staff have confidence in the process of eliminating any bias on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, religion or belief or sexual orientation. We are therefore committed to working in partnership with our recognised Trade Unions, which are EIS-FELA and UNISON, to ensure that we provide equal pay.
We believe that in eliminating bias in our pay systems we are sending a positive message to our staff, students and other stakeholders. It makes good business sense to have fair, transparent reward systems and this is also helpful in controlling cost. We recognise that avoiding unfair discrimination will improve morale and enhance efficiency.

Objectives

Our objectives are to:

Eliminate any unfair, unjust or unlawful practices that impact on pay, and

Take appropriate remedial action.
We will:

Implement an Equal Pay Review in line with Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) guidance for all current staff, and starting pay for new staff. This includes staff on maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave, career breaks, or any non standard contract).

Plan and implement actions in partnership with Trade Union representatives.

Provide training and guidance for those involved in determining pay.

Inform staff of how these practices work and how their own pay is determined.

Respond to grievances in equal pay as a priority.

In conjunction with Trade Union representatives, monitor pay statistics annually.
Updated July 2010