6,000 South Tyneside Council staff go unpaid

STAFF UNPAID ... South Tyneside Council.
STAFF UNPAID ... South Tyneside Council.

THOUSANDS of South Tyneside Council staff were today fuming after the local authority failed to pay their wages.

Up to 6,000 members of staff are believed to have been affected, and an inquiry is underway to find out how it has happened.

One disgruntled worker told the Gazette: “It’s a disgrace.”

A council spokesperson said: “We are aware that South Tyneside Council employees have not been paid yet today.

“We are treating this situation very seriously, and are currently working on a solution with our bank.

“A full investigation is already underway and we hope that this issue can be resolved today.

“We thank staff for their patience and we will be updating all employees throughout the day.”

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