The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has admitted that their claim has “due merit” and is reportedly to pay out £500,000 to the caretakers and tradesmen.
But the university said the pay decisions that led to the claim were made by Swansea Metropolitan University in 2007 – which last year merged with Trinity Saint David – and so it has “no involvement in the decisions that were made”.
“This was a complex case and we are very disappointed that the new university now has to deal with, in an appropriate manner and with due care, the consequences of historical decisions,” according to a statement.
Trinity Saint David said that the pay discrepancy occurred after the men were moved to a standard 37-hour-a-week contract but guaranteed overtime – but this arrangement meant that they were paid less than female counterparts.
The compensation figure is still to be decided, a spokesman said.