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Women 'paid as manual workers' take council to court

TWO classroom assistants in Carmarthenshire are to take the authority to court, claiming that they are not paid as much as men in jobs of equal value. Su Cook and Mari Timbrell who work at Glan-y-Mor comprehensive, in Burry Port, have submitted their claim, under the 1970 Equal Pay Act, to the Welsh employment tribunal in Cardiff. They argue that they are paid as manual labourers, earning pound;4.77 an hour. But they say that men in positions of equivalent responsibility, such as school lab technicians, are paid as skilled workers, earning more.

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