Too big Salary for wee lassie

From the Dundee Courier archives 1951.

salaryLanarkshire Education Committee yesterday rejected a recommendation by the Further Education Committee for the appointment of a woman of 22 as a youth employment officer at a salary of £610. Mr E. Daly, Blantyre, described the applicant as ” just a wee lassie.” Mr John Mann, county convener, said that her appointment would lead to a rebellion on the part of their staff, many of whom had given long and faithful service and had salary less than was being offered in this case. It was explained in the minutes that the applicant, Miss Mary Rodger, was highly recommended by her present employers, the Ministry of Labour and National Service Mr James Dempsey, Bellshill, said Miss Rodger had only five years’ Ministry of Labour experience, plus a Higher Leaving Certificate. An M.A. with six years in their service had a salary of only £450. On vote, 35 members supported rejection of the minute, which obtained six votes in its favour. The appointment is to be re-advertised.

What do you think? Is this discrimination? Did they handle this well?

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