Council officers have been told to hang their heads in shame over the axing of special top-up payments to staff.
But, amid angry scenes at Midlothian House on Monday, it emerged that keeping the Market Supplement payments could leave Midlothian Council with a £23 million bill in equal pay claims.
And the SNP has accused Labour of “political opportunism” for fighting plans to scrap the payments.
Councillor Montgomery accused well paid officials of penalising those at the other end of the pay scale: “You should hang your heads in shame over there. I’m actually embarrassed. We have got the lowest paid staff getting hammered.”
The Labour motion was defeated by the SNP/Independent coalition and the council’s one Green member.
Read more on this story in the April 18 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.