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Staff appalled by Wiltshire Council pay move
Public sector workers’ union Unison says Wiltshire Council’s decision to approve pay rises for top bosses has left council staff “utterly appalled.”
Last week the council confirmed senior managers would be receiving pay rises of up to 16 per cent, so some could get £19,000 a year on top of their current five-figure salaries.
Unison area organiser Tina Green said: “Appalled is the word I would use, utterly appalled.
“Morale has not been great anyway, because of all the redundancies, but the staff are angry. The very senior managers are laughing all the way to the bank.”
The move has also been criticised by local charities. Charles Drew, chief executive of homelessness charity Amber said: “Now doesn’t seem to be the time to be giving out pay rises”, while John Greenaway of the Trowbridge Guild of Community Service, said: “People across the county are working their socks off to help other people, and a lot of them are doing it without being paid at all.”
LibDem MP Duncan Hames said: “Why should the bosses at the top, who already earn a salary that would be the envy of many a Wiltshire worker, be exempt from the public sector pay freeze?”
Tory MP Dr Andrew Murrison added: “Wiltshire Council has done a very good job in recent years in reducing costs by cutting the chief executive role, and I would encourage it to display further pay restraint.”
However, Cllr Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member of support services denied the move had affected morale. He said: “There aren’t any problems that I’m aware of. I have had one letter from a member of the public.”
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