MSP says employees will be hit by council pay cycle change

A MOTHERWELL-based MSP claims thousands of North Lanarkshire Council employees could be left out of pocket if a new payment structure is introduced.

At present, the majority of the council’s near 15,000 employees are paid every four weeks but around a third are paid fortnightly and the council claims moving everyone onto the same pay cycle will be more cost efficient at a time when they are looking to make £56 million of savings over the next two years.

Central Scotland list MSP John Wilson lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament last week against this new practice.

The former North Lanarkshire councillor said: “North Lanarkshire Council have conducted minimum consultation on this proposed cost cutting measure and I am very concerned about the severe impact on workers already facing serious financial hardship.”

A council spokesman denied anyone would suffer as a result of the change and they are working with the Trade Unions to reach an agreement.

He said: “The matter is continuing to be discussed with the Trade Unions in order to allow the introduction in a manner which minimises the effect on our employees during the change in pay-cycle.”

Full story in January 27 edition of Times & Speaker