Eighteen men unhappy at being paid less than their female colleagues at a university have been awarded a total of £460,000 in back pay.

The caretakers and maintenance staff won their sex discrimination case in April.

Bosses had defended themselves by insisting that the difference was not due to gender but down to changes to the men’s contracts.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David said it was dealing with the consequences of historical decisions made by Swansea Metropolitan University.

It is believed to be the first time such a large group of men had launched legal action in Britain claiming sexual discrimination.

All the men were originally employed by Swansea Metropolitan University, which merged with the University of Wales Trinity St David in August last year.

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