Tesco workers have won a legal battle for equal pay following a \u201clandmark ruling\u201d from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRepresented by Leigh Day, roughly 50,000 majoritively female shop floor workers had filed the case in a bid to gain equal pay with their mostly male distribution centre colleagues.\r\n\r\nIn turn, the court ruled that under EU law a person can compare their role to that of a different person\u2019s who works in a separate establishment if a \u201csingle source\u201d can correct the pay difference.\r\n\r\nThe CJEU said: \u201cWhere such pay conditions can be attributed to a single source, the work and the pay of those workers can be compared, even if they work in different establishments.\u201d\r\n\r\nIt comes after a Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that claimed Asda shop floor workers can compare their roles to those in the group\u2019s distribution centres for equal pay purposes.\r\n\r\nKiran Daruka, a partner in the employment team at Leigh Day, said that the CJEU\u2019s judgement \u201creinforces the Supreme Court ruling\u201d.\r\n\r\nShe added: \u201cClarification from the CJEU confirms that this single source test can be relied upon by people in the UK bringing an equal value claim.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u201cThis means that employers can no longer hide behind the grey areas of UK law. It\u2019s time for supermarkets to accept that the roles of shop floor workers and distribution centre workers are comparable.\u201d\r\n\r\nA Tesco spokesperson commented: "The jobs in our stores and distribution centres are different. These roles require different skills and demands which lead to variations in pay - but this has absolutely nothing to do with gender.\r\n\r\n"We reward our colleagues fairly for the jobs they do and work hard to ensure that the pay and benefits we offer are fair, competitive and sustainable."\r\n\r\nThey added: "These claims are extremely complex and will take many years to reach a conclusion. We continue to strongly defend these claims."