Monday, December 22, 2008

Home help spanks Stefan Cross

An early crimbo pressie for those of us who for some reason, aren’t all that keen, on Porsche owning rich solicitors, who make massive amounts of money from low paid women workers.

The Daily Record here reports that thousands of Scottish Council and NHS workers could be in line for a tasty refund of charges that Stefan Cross levied for representing them on a “no win no fee” basis!

Newcastle based Cross, charged a Scottish Council worker, Jacqueline Quinn, £500 for taking on her equal pay case. The Scottish Court has ruled that this is unlawful and unenforceable. According to the Daily Record Cross may have to pay back £10,000 to other workers.

Cross (very cross – sorry I could not resist it) is quoted as saying "I am not aware of any ruling on this. The unions are trying to make a mountain out of a molehill.

"When we were contacted about Mrs. Quinn's debt we decided to write it off as it was two years old anyway."

UNISON's Scottish secretary Matt Smith said: "The unions have always warned against the false allure of commercial solicitors who claim that they can deliver compensation more effectively or quickly than a trade union."

Is he a Greedy ambulance chaser or crusader for justice and equality? (Times) Personally I would leave this judgment to ordinary workers like Jacqueline to make.


Anonymous said...

I understand millionaire, porche driving Stefan Cross man in Scotland is one

Mark Irvine former unison head of local governmentin Scotland.

I was in the TGWU but he was heading up UNISON in Scotland.

What I dont understand is What did he did about equal pay during the implementation of single status...did he do anything, did he raise it ???? no information available

meanwhile millionaire Cross was a high profile councillor in Newcastle, but when did he ever raise equal pay while on the council ??? again no information available

Maybe it was the missing weekend episode and I missed it all

John Gray said...

Hi Anon

It is disappointing but not surprising.