Lollipop people being left in a sticky wicket

Milton of Campsie Lollipop man Thomas Craven having his working hours cut by council 4.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Milton of Campsie Lollipop man Thomas Craven having his working hours cut by council 4.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A FURIOUS school crossing patroller has demanded an explanation from East Dunbartonshire Council after saying he has been forced to quit his job.

Tam Craven (61) hit out after seeing his contracted hours cut back from 16.5 hours to 13 hours a week - a reduction which leaves him unable to pay his bills.

However, he insists that lollipop men and women only ever worked 13 hours a week - but that the council paid them for an extra three-and-a-half hours to “make it worth their while”.

Tam, who worked as a patroller for seven years, said: “I really loved that job and they’ve taken it away from me. When I was interviewed they said that I’d only have to work 13 hours, but would get paid the extra so I would get my tax credits. Something about the whole thing is just not right.”

An East Dunbartonshire Council spokesperson said that the unusual contractual arrangements were “inherited from previous authorities”.

The spokesperson added: “Some employees previously worked all contractual hours by performing additional duties such as litter picking, while others only covered the crossing patrol duties.

“During the budget process the council recognised that it could no longer support the position where employees did not actually work all of the hours paid.”