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Equal pay: No right to equal pay for time off

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    Manor Bakeries Ltd v Nazir [1996] IRLR 604 EAT (1 other report)

    • No right to equal pay for time off

      Date:
      1 November 1996

      In Manor Bakeries Ltd v Nazir (1 August 1996) EOR70B, the EAT rejects a part-time worker's equal pay claim under EC law in respect of paid time off to attend a trade union conference as a delegate. According to the EAT, Article 119 of the EC Treaty confers a right to equal pay for equal work, and attendance at a union conference is not "work".

Unless there is work, and pay for that work, the equal pay principle in Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome has no application, holds the EAT in Manor Bakeries Ltd v Nazir [1996] IRLR 604. It therefore concludes that an employer which paid a part-time employee who attended her trade union's annual conference as a delegate less than it paid her male full-time counterpart did not contravene Article 119.