Lanarkshire Greens have announced that Ruth Thomas will be their candidate in the Clydesdale South council by-election to be held on 5th June.
Ruth will be campaigning for more openness in the council following the recent equal pay case in which the council spent hundreds of thousands of pounds trying to stop low paid workers getting the money which they had earned, and the scandal in which SLC was fobbed off with inadequate restoration bonds for opencast mines which were abandoned which Scottish Coal went bankrupt.
Lanarkshire Greens welcomed equal pay campaigner Mark Irvine of Action for Equality Scotland to a packed public meeting which they hosted in Lanark on 29th August. Mark led the legal challenge to South Lanarkshire Council's refusal to release information on pay banding and recently won a case in the UK Supreme Court forcing the council to hand over the information and leaving it with legal bills running to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Lanarkshire Greens are delighted to be hosting a public meeting with equal pay campaigner Mark Irvine who won the recent equal pay FOI case against SLC, forcing them to release information on how it paid male and female staff on the same grade. After running up around £200,000 of legal fees fighting the case to the UK Supreme Court, SLC finally released information which seems to show that female staff were indeed paid less than their male counterparts. coming to talk to us at the meeting.
South Lanarkshire Council today lost it's appeal to the UK Supreme Court in which it tried to maintain that it could not release information which might benefit female staff making equal pay claims because this would breach data protection laws. The Information Commissioner for Scotland and the Court of Session had already told SLC to release the information, but instead of compiling the council decided to waste £200,000 of public money fighting the point.
Greens are condemning news that developers Paterson of Greenoakhill are intending to appeal the Scottish Government Reporter's decision to the Court of Session that a quarry Overburns Farm, L