British Road Services Ltd v Loughran [1997] IRLR 92 NICA

Reports relating to this case:

  • Equal pay: case law update

    Date:
    2 March 2007

    This article looks at some of the significant judgments in the area of equal pay over the past year and their implications.

  • Equal pay: Separate collective bargaining defence rejected

    Date:
    15 March 1997

    In British Road Services v Loughran, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal considers the circumstances in which separate pay structures based on different collective bargaining arrangements can constitute a "genuine material factor" defence to an equal pay claim.

  • Separate collective agreements as defence

    Date:
    1 December 1996

    Separate pay structures based on different collective agreements are not a sufficient defence under s. 1(3) of the Equal Pay Act 1970 if the applicants are members of a class of which a significant number are female, rules the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland in British Road Services Ltd v Loughran and others.