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[Thanks to Paul Doran of Stefan Cross Solicitors for providing this case summary]

Readers will remember last year's decision in South Tyneside v McAvoy, in which the EAT held that male employees can 'piggyback' on female colleagues' claims, so that (e.g.) male cleaning and catering staff can claim equal pay with female cleaning and catering staff who have increased their salaries through successful equal pay claims relating to (e.g.) male refuse collectors and gardeners.

The case, the impact of which is somewhat controversial, was due to be heard next week in the Court of Appeal. However, the case has just settled, meaning that the EAT decision stands.