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Unison said a settlement had been reached with Fife Council for historic discriminatory pay practices dating back in some cases to 2006.

The union said discussions were ongoing to finalise the exact amount of compensation and claimants, mostly low-paid women Unison members, will receive details of their settlement "in due course''.

Dougie Black, Unison regional organiser for Fife local government, said: "This has been a long time coming, many claims stretch back to 2006, we can only thank Unison members for their hard work and patience.

"We will now discuss individual claims with the employer to ensure each claim is calculated properly. This a good day for low-paid women workers and Unison is proud to have been a part of it.''

Suzanne Craig, Unison's legal officer, said: "Unison will be seeking early payment from the employers.

"Regrettably it took the threat of proceeding to an employment tribunal to focus the employer's minds to settle, but it is great news for everyone that we have agreed.

"This settlement also agrees the legal principles for moving forward to ensure wherever possible that job evaluation and pay practices remain free from discrimination in the future.''

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