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Industrial The Kinsley Three win financial settlement

THREE Yorkshire school cleaners who took 12 weeks of strike action against pay cuts have won a financial settlement from their privateer boss.

Marice Hall, Karen McGhee and Lesley Leake worked at Kinsley primary school outside Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as employees of Wakefield District Council.

In April 2016, the school became part of an academy group and their jobs were outsourced to contractor C&D, which slashed their wages from £7.80 an hour to the legal minimum of £7.20.

Their sick pay entitlement was cut and the company belligerently refused to recognise their union, Unison.

When they returned to work in December 2016 following their action, they were sacked. They took their case to an employment tribunal (ET), backed by Unison.

But a financial settlement has now been agreed with the rogue employer before the case reached court, the Star has learnt.

Unison regional officer Robin Symonds said: “The ET hearing did not go ahead. Without admission of liability, resolution has been reached between the parties which is confidential.

“As such, this matter cannot be discussed any further.”

The academy group which privatised the three cleaners’ jobs has since gone bust.


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