Minister demands fair deal for wardens

Alex Neil MSP
Alex Neil MSP

Social Justice Minister Alex Neil MSP has criticised North Lanarkshire Council for its refusal to grant equal pay to its sheltered housing wardens.

In a strongly worded letter to chief executive Paul Jukes he attacks the council for wasting many thousands of pounds on legal fees to stop these workers from getting equal pay, pointing out that these wardens sometimes undertake life-saving measures.

Mr Neil said: “When we see the film star salaries senior management gets paid in North Lanarkshire Council it is totally unacceptable that essential workers like sheltered housing wardens are treated so badly.

“I am calling on the council to immediately halt its opposition to equal pay for sheltered housing staff and pay them out immediately, ideally before Christmas.”