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Lower down staff deserve a pay rise too
3:37pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Postbag
I FEEL for any employee whose job is under threat when they have young families to care for.
Wiltshire Council cut 250 jobs in one week, then the following week it is announced that 18 executive officers are to get a pay increase of up to 16 per cent.
This is a massive increase as Wiltshire is allegedly signed up to a median national salary. When were they signed up and how has it just come to light?
The lower grade staff get a one per cent pay freeze.
Surely if they are signed up to such a commitment it is more important that these increases are across the board.
I wonder how the executive officers can sleep at night knowing that 250 key staff members have gone from their posts to allow savings of £7.6m through staff cuts.
Several Wilshire Council employees have expressed to me how disgusted they are about the increases and wonder how they can continue to support their families when all living costs seem to increase, but their wages stay static.
Given the cuts, the lower officers are going to be stretched to undertake extra work to try to provide a champagne service on beer funds – it can’t be done.
Wiltshire Council should look long and hard at its values.
The lower paid staff who work at grass roots level and deserve the decent pay rises are overlooked in favour of those creating flow charts about how to appear to be saving money while receiving big pay rises.
If you remove the people working on the ground it will be noticed, remove junior management it would be noticed, but remove some of the top brass and Wiltshire Council could, and would, survive and flourish.
In most employment you work your way through the ranks and are not employed directly at top level; should this not be the way of our councils to ensure you get local people with local knowledge helping to create a better Wiltshire?
Pay rises should be for all, and meet the living wage not just the minimum.
CAROLINE CORBIN, Labour councillor for Bemerton Ward
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