Council workers forced to wait for wages after administrative blunder

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HOMECARE workers still reeling from controversial contract changes say their finances have been thrown into chaos by council chiefs delaying their wages.

Last year East Dunbartonshire Council radically rehauled its Homecare department - which is responsible for taking care of elderly and vulnerable people in their own homes.

Many workers chose to take redundancy rather than accept new contract conditions, but many of those who stayed were given longer working hours as a result.

Several staff members have now contacted the Herald to say that this month’s salaries only included their OLD working hours.

One angry Homecare employee explained: “Many of us have had our hours doubled from 15 hours to 30 hours a week.

“When we got our wage packets none of the extra hours had been included and our bosses said we should fill in an overtime form for the difference.

“We’ve no idea when we’ll get the cash though and many people were relying on it after Christmas.

“It’s all very well for somebody earning megabucks to be told that they’ll have to wait, but these are people who have mortgages and car payments to make.

“There’s no guarantee we’ll even get the money next month or if this is going to be repeated. It’s a shambles.”

Ann Davie, the council’s head of customer relations and organisational development, admitted that there had been a payroll issue, but insisted that it would be rectified as quickly as possible.

She said: “We are aware that some employees who requested to work additional hours from December 17, 2012 have unfortunately experienced a problem with payment for these extra hours.

“This was unfortunately due to an administrative error.

“We have been working to rectify this problem and all employees affected will receive payment for the additional hours they worked on Tuesday, January 29. This may take a couple of days to clear depending on which bank the employees use.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”

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