Senior Thurrock Council officers asked to cut their salaries

Senior council officers asked to cut their salaries

Senior council officers asked to cut their salaries

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TOP council officers should volunteer to cut their salaries in solidarity with low paid employees, the council has moved.

Councillors from all parties backed a motion introduced by Conservative Ben Hebb at a meeting of the council last week, calling on the chief executive to ask senior officers to volunteer a five per cent.

According to the council’s own officers, this would save the authority £100,000, which Mr Hebb said should go to those who are “exceptional in delivery.”

He said: “I have every sympathy for people whose pay rises don’t reflect the price hike of a loaf of wholemeal Hovis but what I cannot and will not sympathise with is that we should give a thought to those who earn substantial salaries while leaving people feeling that strike action is actually the only way to go.”

Deputy leader Barbara Rice supported the motion but said she felt bound to point out the hard work done by senior officers.

She said: “In these times where there are no sacred cows, I believe it is reasonable to ask all members of staff including senior members of staff to consider ways of saving money.

“But I have to remind people and Councillor Hebb that, in my portfolio, we’ve already saved over £100,000 in senior management, for example instead of having two heads of service, we now have only one conducting the same amount of work and I can tell you now that they work in excess of 60 hours per week to achieve that, so I commend my portfolio officers.”

Leader John Kent added senior officers had not received a pay increase since 2009 and, following the introduction of a new pay scheme in 2010, many had seen their pay cut as well as car allowances and bonuses.

He added senior management now costs the council £844,000 per year – 38 per cent less than in 2010.

The motion was passed.

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10:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Why is it that, according to the Labour party, a person in the private sector that earns a large sum of money is a greedy, tax dodging fat cat and yet when it comes to senior officers at the council, they are the salt of the earth and worth every penny?

Are these Councillors so afraid of these senior officers and what they may reveal if the Councillors don’t back them to the hilt that they are willing to act like complete and utter hypocrites when it comes to people earning large sums of money?

People in the public sector are a direct drain on the county’s resources whereas those in the private sector are not. So it must just be down to the Labour party doing what they usually do, class war and the politics of envy.
Why is it that, according to the Labour party, a person in the private sector that earns a large sum of money is a greedy, tax dodging fat cat and yet when it comes to senior officers at the council, they are the salt of the earth and worth every penny? Are these Councillors so afraid of these senior officers and what they may reveal if the Councillors don’t back them to the hilt that they are willing to act like complete and utter hypocrites when it comes to people earning large sums of money? People in the public sector are a direct drain on the county’s resources whereas those in the private sector are not. So it must just be down to the Labour party doing what they usually do, class war and the politics of envy. ebagumtrebor
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11:01am Tue 29 Jul 14

G.Fawkes says...

Publish the (aprox) salaries for each post please, i could use cheering up.
Publish the (aprox) salaries for each post please, i could use cheering up. G.Fawkes
  • Score: 9

7:01pm Tue 29 Jul 14

poortaxpayer says...

I note with interest not one councillor has handed back any of their allowances. These Councillors have their greedy snouts so deep in the trough of taxpayers cash they demand council officers take a pay cut but won't lead by example and cut their own allowances. Hypocritical greedy scum. They are nothing more than massively expensive parasites living off the back of the taxpayer.
I note with interest not one councillor has handed back any of their allowances. These Councillors have their greedy snouts so deep in the trough of taxpayers cash they demand council officers take a pay cut but won't lead by example and cut their own allowances. Hypocritical greedy scum. They are nothing more than massively expensive parasites living off the back of the taxpayer. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 9

5:56pm Wed 30 Jul 14

ebagumtrebor says...

Obviously people in Thurrock like massively paid local council staff. Comrade Kent must be over the moon that his 70+k isn't questioned. Wake up people, these suck ups are not in it for you and yet you pay them and then give them a vote of confidence. Thank god I got out and lived in a sensible place.
Obviously people in Thurrock like massively paid local council staff. Comrade Kent must be over the moon that his 70+k isn't questioned. Wake up people, these suck ups are not in it for you and yet you pay them and then give them a vote of confidence. Thank god I got out and lived in a sensible place. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 2

6:30pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Dave_ says...

G Fawkes they're on the council website, put a search in for managers salaries and it gives all those over £58K ... there are more than you might imagine.
G Fawkes they're on the council website, put a search in for managers salaries and it gives all those over £58K ... there are more than you might imagine. Dave_
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