© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A emblem of Tesco is pictured outdoors a Tesco grocery store in Hatfield, Britain October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Picture By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Hundreds of present and former staff of UK grocery store group Tesco (OTC:) on Thursday gained the assist of Europe’s high court docket of their
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A emblem of Tesco is pictured outdoors a Tesco grocery store in Hatfield, Britain October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Picture
By Foo Yun Chee
BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Hundreds of present and former staff of UK grocery store group Tesco (OTC:) on Thursday gained the assist of Europe’s high court docket of their struggle for equal pay in a judgment that might have an effect on different retailers.
Tesco discovered itself within the highlight after about 6,000 present or former staff took their grievance to an employment tribunal in Watford, close to London.
They argued the corporate’s store employees – largely girls – had not acquired equal pay for equal work in contrast with its distribution employees – largely males – since February 2018, in breach of EU and UK legal guidelines. The store employees argued the agency ought to be seen as a single entity when it comes to employment situations.
Tesco had argued an EU regulation defining equal pay for equal work, or work of equal worth, was indirectly relevant on this case.
The UK tribunal sought steering from the Luxembourg-based Courtroom of Justice (CJEU), Europe’s highest, which rejected Tesco’s arguments.
“The precept, laid down by EU regulation, of equal pay for female and male employees may be relied upon instantly, in respect each of ‘equal work’ and of ‘work of equal worth’, in proceedings between people,” CJEU judges mentioned.
Tesco mentioned the roles in its shops and distribution centres have been completely different and therefore the completely different pay.
“These roles require completely different abilities and calls for which result in variations in pay – however this has completely nothing to do with gender,” a spokeswoman mentioned in an announcement.
“We reward our colleagues pretty for the roles they do and work exhausting to make sure that the pay and advantages we provide are honest, aggressive and sustainable. These claims are extraordinarily advanced and can take a few years to achieve a conclusion. We proceed to strongly defend these claims,” she mentioned.
The Watford tribunal will now should take the CJEU ruling into consideration when it decides on the case.
The CJEU mentioned it had jurisdiction over the case in accordance with Britain’s withdrawal cope with the EU.
The CJEU ruling is last and can’t be appealed. The case C-624/19 Tesco Shops.
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