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Female worker from NatWest receives £150,000 from equal pay claim

After it emerged that a former female worker at NatWest was earning thousands of pounds less than male colleagues, Miss Williams was awarded a £150,000 pay-out.

Miss Williams who was a support analyst in the NatWest Technology Division earned £31,610 less per year than a man who carried out the same duties as she did. She left the company in 2017 because she felt she was being discriminated against in being paid less in wages and benefits.

Figures supporting her claim from Union Unite showed that that Miss Williams had started with NatWest in 2010 on salary of £45,000 while her male colleague had been hired at the same time on a salary of £65,000.

Although both had received bonus packages, Miss Williams had been paid 15% of her base salary while her colleague had received 25% of his base salary.

Miss Williams stated that NatWest had consistently failed to deal with the pay difference when she raised the issue. This simply allowed the pay gap to increase over the seven-year period when she was employed there.

The male colleague was given a £3,000 pay rise in 2016 and a further rise of £2,000 in 2017. Miss Williams only received £300 on both occasions. She was then made redundant in November 2017.

In a statement from Unite, it was shown that Miss Williams was offered £150,000 in October in order to settle her equal pay case, if she signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). She refused to do this.

Unite stated that parent company Royal Bank of Scotland had dropped the NDA clause in March, just three days before the tribunal was due to take place. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has denied that they attempted to 'gag' Miss Williams.

 In a statement Unite said that the case could open the door for many more equal pay claims coming from RBS employees. Only 20% of female employees at RBS Group received a bonus in 2015 compared to 39% of male employees who were given bonuses.

In 2016 16% of female and 46% male employees received bonuses. 

In the gender pay gap report of 2018 50% of women received bonuses while 61.5% of male employees received bonuses.

Rob MacGregor, Unite National Officer stated that this was a very shocking case of unequal pay. It undermines the credibility of the 'fair' play policy which NatWest claims to uphold. Furthermore, it indicates that there is something fundamentally wrong within the bank. MacGregor called for RBS to 'get their house in order.'

A spokesperson from RBS stated that they take a 'fair and inclusive approach' to pay and career progression. They do not pay their employees differently for doing the same job, no matter what the gender.

The spokesperson concluded by saying that unfortunately in this instance, even though they did not agree with everything Miss Williams said, they had failed to get things right. For this reason, they agreed a settlement to resolve the matter.

RBS was adamant that they had made no attempt to 'gag' Miss Williams at any time.

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