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One of Britain’s biggest unions is warning that the 2022 Commonwealth Games could be ‘overshadowed’ by a ‘brewing equal pay crisis’

The GMB union is warning that delays into resolving equal pay claims by GMB members at Birmingham City Council could lead to strike disruption during this summer’s Commonwealth Games. 

GMB which represents 7,000 staff at the council says the claims relate to ‘systematic inequality in pay’ faced by female employees at the council.

Credit: West Midlands Combined Authority

Michelle McCrossen, GMB Regional Organiser called the games a ‘huge opportunity’ to ‘showcase the best of Birmingham’ but warned the union could be forced to take action.

She said;

“The Commonwealth Games are a huge opportunity for our city to showcase the best of Birmingham, but risks being overshadowed by the brewing equal pay crisis faced our members. 

GMB won’t stand by as our members concerns are ignored; we’re 100 per cent committed to fighting for a solution. 

The eyes of the millions worldwide will soon be on our city and we’re urging the council to act now before our members are forced to consider taking action in the interests of their pay and rights at work.  

This is a matter of basic justice; women workers are being consistently underpaid by Birmingham City Council and GMB won’t stand by and let that be forgotten.” 

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