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Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Did you have a secondment agreement in place?
The law on secondments is basically such that the terms and arrangements of such positions will be governed by any agreement that has been negotiated between you and the employer. It is entirely possible for you to do a secondment and get paid your old salary which could be different than that which your peers in the seconded position are getting. Unfortunately, it does not mean that if the employer in the seconded position offers your peers an increase, that you would also be entitled to this. There is no right to equal pay in that respect because equal pay laws only work to protect workers who are getting paid less because of discriminatory reasons, most commonly their gender. As you are not bound by the contracts and arrangements of the seconded employer your rights will still rest with the old employer. If no pay rise was agreed as part of the secondment then you cannot demand that even if your colleagues in the new position are getting one.
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