Wirral Council is carrying out a major ‘remodelling’ of staffing structures and salary scales to reduce spending. A report at tonight’s Policy Council meeting says this will lead to lower incomes (by 10%) for over 150 managers and a “transitional pay” scheme will give affected workers up to £4,000 over a 12-month period while they try to adjust to their reduced incomes.
At the same time Labour councillors are making moves to raise the salary of its chief executive by up to £40,000 a year, increasing the salary to a possible £175,000 per year*.
I have been contacted by several officers who are caught up in this ‘remodelling’ exercise – and they are worried sick about how they’re going to deal with such a massive loss of earnings – several will see their wages reduced by £7,000 per year.
Like most people, they have mortgages and bills to pay and many are financially at full-stretch as it is.
For the administration in almost the same breath to then agree an astronomical pay rise for the new chief executive is beyond belief.
The Prime Minister’s salary is £142,000 per year. Are they really saying the chief officer of a local council has more responsibility – and deserves a higher rate – than the PM?
To many hundreds of council workers, it must appear that it’s one rule for them, another for the elite, the upper echelon.
The Labour deputy leader of the council says ‘salaries across the authority are being compressed to reflect the new, flattened structure’ – there’s one for the Plain English Society, albeit one which doesn’t apply to the chief executive.
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*The chief executive if also the Returning Officer for elections. He received £12,473 for this year’s European Election and an additional £5,297 for the Local Election boosting his salary to £153,000pa.