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We told you last week how al­most 3000 fe­male West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil work­ers who were un­fairly paid less than male col­leagues have missed out on the chance to claw back thou­sands of pounds.

West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil voted to deny the work­ers - a third of whom are among the low­est paid the chance to claim the cash.

Read­ers shared their thoughts on the move on our Face­book page.

Coun­cil­lor Jim Bol­lan, who de­fended the un­der­paid women at the coun­cil meet­ing where the de­ci­sion was made, said: “We wanted to pay the women who missed out in full, with an ex-gra­tia pay­ment.

“Over the years dozens of highly paid pre­dom­i­nately male of­fi­cials tak­ing early re­tire­ment have been given ad­di­tional years onto their pen­sions as a golden hand­shake.

“These ad­di­tional pay­ments were made via ex-gra­tia pay­ments.

“Why are low paid women work­ers be­ing treated dif­fer­ently?”

Lin­sey Mercer said: “That is shock­ing.

“But bet it wouldn’t hap­pen at the top of the chain - it’s al­ways the ones who can least af­ford to miss out.

“How did the union not set up meet­ings with ev­ery­one so they were clear on what to do?Then they wouldn’t have missed out.”

Ni­cola Sned­den agreed: “That is a dis­grace.

“We are liv­ing in 2017 are we not? Set­ting women back like this is out­ra­geous.”

Laura Cameron said: “Labour were in ad­min­is­tra­tion when the time bar ran out in March 2017 for these women to claim.

“Yet they did ab­so­lutely noth­ing to in­form women who were not in Unions.

“There could also be other rea­sons that peo­ple did not claim.

“Given there was a le­gal time bar that had passed there was noth­ing to be done.”

Ja­nine Neill added: “And yet some folk will try to have you be­lieve the gen­der pay gap doesn’t ex­ist.”

The is­sue was sched­uled to be held in pri­vate but was dis­cussed in front of the press and pub­lic af­ter opo­si­tion coun­cil­lors spoke out.

John Paul Lusk added: “We lam­basted Labour for ty­ing to take de­ci­sions in pri­vate and now the SNP want to pull the same trick.

“What is it with coun­cil­lors, if they’re not will­ing to ar­gue their own point of view in pub­lic then stand down.

“Stop hid­ing be­hind the party whip, it’s laugh­able it’s even used in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.”

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