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Probe call for South Lanarkshire equal pay bill

Headquarters...of South Lanarkshire Council in Hamilton

Headquarters...of South Lanarkshire Council in Hamilton

 

THE government’s spending watchdog has been asked to investigate the cost to the public of the marathon fight by 300 Clydesdale women for back pay from South Lanarkshire Council.

THE government’s spending watchdog has been asked to investigate the cost to the public of the marathon fight by 300 Clydesdale women for back pay from South Lanarkshire Council.

These local employees and ex-employees of the council were among 3000 thoughout South Lanarkshire who recently won an undisclosed settlement from the council after several years claiming they had been unfairly treated under Equal Pay Act.

Now the council’s opposition SNP group wants to know exactly what the lengthy legal battle cost the taxpayer and has asked the public spending watchdog Audit Scotland to look into the matter.

The Nationalists are claiming that it could have been settled far earlier and at far less cost.

The group said that the true bill for fighting the womens’ claim for so long was being kept from them and the public on the grounds of “confidentialty”.

The decision to call in Audit Scotland came after an SNP Group meeting.

The party’s spokeswoman Councillor Shiela Wardhaugh said there were several unanswered questions surrounding the affair.

For full details, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.

 

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