Coun­cil pay

Lennox Herald - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

It is nor­mal prac­tice that af­ter an elec­tion the in­com­ing coun­cil is given time to set­tle in as its new, in­ex­pe­ri­enced coun­cil­lors are given some time to learn the ropes.

This would be the de­cent and re­spect­ful thing to do.

The re­cent bar­rage of abuse aimed at the newly-elected SNP coun­cil­lors on not be­ing able to pay back-pay to some of our low­est paid women is be­neath con­tempt.

Of course the women should have been paid. This should have been dealt with years ago.

How­ever, the new coun­cil­lors sought ad­vice from a num­ber of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal bod­ies and they were told that any de­ci­sion to pay money af­ter the cut-off date in March would be il­le­gal.

The coun­cil­lors and their of­fi­cials are legally barred from mak­ing these pay­ments. To make an ex-gra­tia (with­out ba­sis) pay­ment now would also be against the law.

It is as­ton­ish­ing then that our Labour MSP Jackie Bail­lie is en­cour­ag­ing the coun­cil­lors to break the law.

Why didn’t the Labour Party re­solve the is­sue dur­ing the five years when they were in power and be­fore?

And why didn’t she crit­i­cise her coun­cil­lors for re­main­ing mori­bund on the is­sue?

If blam­ing oth­ers who are just in the job for the blun­ders made over many years by them is the stan­dard of op­po­si­tion then it isn’t sur­pris­ing the Labour Party were booted out by the elec­torate.

And I’m afraid clear­ing the mess they made will keep the new ad­min­is­tra­tion fully oc­cu­pied for a long time. James McCor­mack, Dum­buck Cres­cent, Dum­bar­ton

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