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87 High Court Claims Against Avery Care

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Paying women less than men in comparable roles is discrimination and against the law says GMB.

GMB has instructed Leigh Day to issue legal proceedings at the High Court today, Monday 21 March 2016, to win equal pay for 87 members employed by Avery Homes (Nelson) Ltd in female dominated, predominately caring roles. (See notes to editors for previous press release)

GMB consider that these members are employed to carry out equal work to that carried out by men employed by Avery whose terms and conditions are more favourable than those of these members.

Avery Homes run 45 care homes in Staffordshire (7), Northamptonshire (6), Birmingham (4), Kent (2), Nottingham (2), Surrey (2), West Yorkshire (2), Worcestershire (2) and one care home in each area of Cheshire, Coventry, Derby, Hampshire, Harrow, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Manchester, Milton Keynes, North Yorkshire, Somerset, Stoke-on-Trent, Stratford-upon-Avon, Tyne & Wear, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Wolverhampton. (See full list and addresses in notes to editors)

Chris Benson, acting for the GMB legal team, said "Female members of GMB working as carers for local authorities have secured equal pay with the support of their union. Many also received back pay as well as better terms and conditions going forward. 

Those care staff compared themselves against jobs done by men such as caretakers and other male dominated roles.

Carers working for Avery believe they are also underpaid and with the assistance of GMB have issued claims to ensure they too receive equal pay. The claims, which go back up to 6 years, could see members recover thousands of pounds in back pay they have been denied.

GMB will also be working to negotiate better terms and conditions and hope Avery sit down and negotiate a proper wage for the female carers equal to that received by male caretakers who work in the same care homes.

The carers provide an invaluable service looking after vulnerable individuals who most need our support and assistance. It is only right those carrying out such work are properly rewarded and not underpaid because of their gender."

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer for the care sector, said "Avery Healthcare has 45 care homes and employs over 2,000 women as carers and in other vital frontline roles, yet chooses to pay them less than men it employs in comparable roles. That is discrimination and it is against the law.

Every one of the 2,000 women Avery Healthcare employs may have a claim for hundreds or thousands of pounds of compensation going back up to 6 years. GMB is appealing to all current and former employees of Avery to come forward so we can assess if they may be entitled to compensation."

Contact: Justin Bowden 07710 631351 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691
For information on High Court action contact Leigh Day: David Standard 07540 332717.

Notes to Editors:

1 List of Avery Homes March 2016
North East    
Highcliffe Care Home    9 Whitchurch Road Witherwack Sunderland SR5 5SX
North West    
Acacia Lodge    90a Broadway New Moston M40 3WQ
Clayton Manor     Rood Hill Congleton Cheshire CW12 1YZ
Yorkshire & The Humber    
Aire View    29 Broad Lane Kirkstall Leeds LS5 3ED
Amarna House     Rosetta Way York YO26 5RN
Grove Park    100 Grove Lane Headingley Leeds LS6 2BG
East Midlands    
Acer Care Home    172 Nottingham Road Nuthall Nottingham NG8 6AX
Alder House    172A Nottingham Road Nuthall Nottingham BG8 6AX
Ashurst Mews (formerly Lucas Court)     Northampton Lane North Moulton Northampton NN3 7RQ
Cliftonville Care Home    Cliftonville Road Northampton NN1 5BE
Derby Heights    Rykneld Road Littleover Derby DE23 4BU
Dukes Court    159 Northampton Road Wellingborough NN8 3PN
Glenmoor House     25 Rockingham Road Corby Northamptonshire
Hinckley House    Tudor Road Hinckley LE10 OEH
Priory Court     Priory Road Stamford Lincolnshire PE9 2EU
Seagrave House    Occupation Road Corby Northamptonshire NN17 1EH
Spencer House    Cliftonville Road Northampton NN1 5BU
West Midlands    
Abbey Court    Heath Way Heath Hayes Cannock Staffs WS11 7AD
Acorn Lodge    132 Coventry Rad Nuneaton Warwickshire CV10 7AD
Albion Court    Clinton Street Winson Green Birmingham B18 4BY
Alma Court    Heath Way Heath Hayes Cannock WS11 7AD
Aran Court    Braymoor Road Tile Cross Birmingham B33 OLT
Avalon Court Care Home    1 Glendale Way Tile Hill Coventry CV4 9YQ
Avon Court    23-34 Scholars Lane Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HE
Bowood Mews     Hewell Road Enfield Redditch Worcs. B97 6AT
Bowood Court    Hewell Road Enfield Redditch Worcs. B97 6AT
Clare Court    Clinton Street Winson Green Birmingham B18 4BJ
Crispin Court    385a Stone Road Stafford ST16 1LD
Darwin Court Care Centre    Wissage Road Lichfield Staffordshire WS13 6SP
Hanford Court    Bankhouse Road Hanford Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8EN
Horse Fair    Horse Fair Rugeley WS15 2EL
Newcross    378 Prestwood Road Wolverhampton WV11 1RH
Rowan Court     Silverdale Road Newcastle-under-Lyme Staffordshire
St. Giles    122 Tile Cross Road Tile Cross Birmingham B33 OLT
Hempstalls Hall    Hempstalls lane Newcastle-Under-Lyme ST5 9NR
Merlin Court     The Common marlborough Wilts. SN8 1JR
Acacia Mews    St. Albans Road East Hatfield AL10 OFJ
Birchwood Grange    117 Preston Hill Harrow Middx
South East    
Adelaide Care Centre     35 West Street Bexleyheath Kent DA7 4BE
Elvy Court    200 London Road Sittingbourne Kent ME10 1QA
Lavender Lodge     10 Bruntile Close Reading Road Farnborough Hants GU14 6PR
Oban House     42-46 Bramley Hill South Croydon Surrey CR2 6NS
Silvermere    Redhill Road Cobham KT11 1EF
Milton Court    Tunbridge Grove Kents Hill Milton Keynes MK7 6JD
South West    
Acer House    141b Milton Road Weston-Super-Mare Somerset BS22 8AA


Avery Care Homes Equal Pay Legal Action
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
GMB Instruct Lawyers To Begin Legal Action For Equal Pay For Women Members Employed By Avery Health Care In 15 Care Homes In England

The level of discrimination by the Avery Healthcare Group is quite breath-taking and we intend to seek compensation of six year’s back-pay for these members in the High Court says GMB.

GMB has instructed Leigh Day to begin legal proceedings to win equal pay for 62 members employed by Avery Healthcare Limited in female dominated predominately caring roles. 

GMB consider that these members are employed to carry out equal work to that carried out by men employed by Avery whose terms and conditions are more favourable than those of these members.

Avery Homes run 15 care homes in Cheshire, Hampshire, Kent (2), London, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire (2), North Yorkshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire and Worcestershire (2). See list in notes to editors

Chris Benson, a partner at the law firm Leigh Day the UK’s leading employment firm advising claimants and trade unions on Equal Pay, said "Despite our extensive experience in the field of equal pay we were shocked to see the inequality between female carers and male staff undertaking work of equal value within care homes run by Avery.

Within days of speaking to the GMB, Leigh Day now represent over 60 carers with the final number possibly in excess of a 1000 claims as the full scale of the unlawful payments offered to carers becomes clear.

While it is recognised in some sectors that women are undervalued and underpaid I did not expect to see this happen in care homes. 

These women carry out the most important role in this organisation, caring for vulnerable residents. Time and again it has been shown that care staff perform a difficult job under a lot of pressure to ensure the best possible care is provided. The fact that Avery should pay these female staff members less than jobs predominantly done by men is astonishing.”

Justin Bowden, GMB national officer for the care sector, said "Paying somebody less for the job they do because they are a woman was outlawed in Britain in 1970, yet incredibly - some 45 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed - Avery Healthcare are paying female carers and other vital frontline staff they employ hundreds of pounds a year less than males in equal occupations.

The level of sex discrimination displayed by the Avery Healthcare Group towards these women they employ is breath-taking. GMB intends to seek compensation of six years back-pay for these members in the High Court."

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