Wales Online reports
Yet more instances of top public sector officers being awarded substantial pay rises whilst lower paid workers are subject to a pay freeze. This time it is managers at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, Gwynedd council and housing body Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.
It follows on the heels of the Chief Executive and senior officers of Caerphilly council receiving pay rises of up to 30% on the basis of a report written by the Chief Executive himself. His own pay rose by around £35,000 to £158,000, although Labour councillors there later announced they wanted to reverse the decision.
In RCT lower paid workers, earning under £42,000 a year were subject to a review of terms and conditions
Which left may worse off, whilst those higher up the pay scale were unaffected.
The Wales Online article quotes Dominic MacAskill, Unison head of local government as saying
"These rises are further evidence of the need to end the unsustainable pay freeze for ordinary public sector workers, who are understandably angry at discriminatory awards to people who are already well paid."
He goes on to say
"In a letter I wrote to [Local Government Minister] Carl Sargeant at the end of last year I asked him to undertake a review of chief officers' pay across all authorities in Wales. I've yet to receive a response.
"When ordinary workers in local government have their salaries evaluated, it is on equal pay criteria that compare them with their colleagues within the same authority. Comparing them with workers in other authorities is not allowed.
"Chief officers, however, like to have their salary scales compared to those working elsewhere because they know increases for them could not be justified if comparisons were made with lesser paid workers in the same authority."
I hope he will receive a satisfactory response from the Labour Minister soon - after all it is the unions who put and keep the Labour party in power. Maybe the one way nature of their relationship will eventually hit home