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MONKLANDS LEADER TELLS OF STRONG RUMOURS OF UA JOBS BIAS

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The government inquiry into senior appointments to North Lanarkshire UA heard yesterday of unease among Monklands D...
The government inquiry into senior appointments to North Lanarkshire UA heard yesterday of unease among Monklands DC staff of favouritism towards their counterparts from Motherwell DC, The Herald reports (p2).

Monklands leader James Brooks said there was a 'lack of morale' among the council's staff because they were not getting appointments to the new unitary authority amid strong rumours that the decisions were not being taken on merit.

Earlier, William Wilson, Provost of Motherwell DC and a North Lanarkshire member defended the appointment of David MacKendrick, 64, as director of social work close to his retirement age. He said Mr MacKendrick was the best man for the job based on his performance at on interview and his track record.

The public hearing was temporarily halted, reports The Herald, when a Labour party observer in the gallery collapsed and died.
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