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UK: European Court of Justice rules in favour of Tesco shopfloor workers seeking pay equality with male colleagues in distribution centres

“Tesco staff win legal argument in equal pay fight”, 04 June 2021

The European Court of Justice has ruled that an EU law could be relied on in making equal pay claims against their employer.

Tesco workers, mostly women, have argued that they failed to receive equal pay for work of equal value with colleagues in its distribution centres who are mostly men.

They said this breached EU and UK laws.

"For a long time, employers have argued that UK law in this area is unclear, but this judgment is simple: if there is a single body responsible for ensuring equality, the roles are comparable.

"It's time for supermarkets to accept that the roles of shop floor workers and distribution centre workers are comparable."

Leigh Day is also handing similar equal pay claims against Sainsbury's, Tesco, Morrisons and Co-op, which are not as far advanced.

A Tesco spokesperson said: "The jobs in our stores and distribution centres are different. These roles require different skills and demands which lead to variations in pay - but this has absolutely nothing to do with gender.