Controversial pay cut for lowest paid Bournemouth council staff put on hold

Bournemouth Town Hall

Bournemouth Town Hall

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CONTROVERSIAL plans which would cut the take-home pay of some of Bournemouth council’s lowest-paid workers have been put on hold.

The council was proposing to scrap enhanced hourly rates for staff working antisocial hours, weekends and most public holidays.

But now the staff – who had been warned they would no longer have a job unless they signed new contracts – have been told the process has been suspended.

Unions said some staff were in tears when originally briefed about the cuts, which were aimed at saving £400,000 a year.

They say home carers – now called ‘re-ablement assistants’ – would have lost £109 a month on wages of £15,000 a year or less.

In an email to staff, council chief executive Tony Williams, said: “Having listened to the feedback so far, it is clear to me that there are important matters of concern that need careful consideration before we decide how we might best achieve our ambition to modernise our pay practices and remain competitive in the future.

“I have therefore decided, in consultation with the leader, that the current process will be suspended until further notice and have asked Liz Wilkinson (executive director of finance) to undertake a comprehensive review of where we have got to so far and to identify options for future action.”

David Higgins, regional branch secretary for Unison, said: “We’re pleased from the staff’s point of view that they did pull back on it because we feel it would adversely affect some of the lowest paid staff.

“These are people who go much further than the extra mile to do their jobs would have found it extremely difficult to survive had they gone ahead with the original plan.

“It would be a matter of heating or eating.”

Michael Cracknell, regional organiser for the Unison trade union, said: “Public sector workers are already struggling with an 18 per cent reduction of pay in real terms and are faced with some serious decisions to make in order to live.”

He pointed out that there were now 11 councillors drawing allowances of more than £20,000 a year – more money than 60 per cent of council employees earned.

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5:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

BmthNewshound says...

11 councillors drawing allowances of more than £20,000 a year – more money than 60 per cent of council employees earned....... Just about sums up Beesley Borough Council members greedy, unethical and stuck in the dark ages.
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If the Council want to save money,cut the number of Councillors, cut Councillors allowances and stop wasting £millions on Beesleys vanity projects.
11 councillors drawing allowances of more than £20,000 a year – more money than 60 per cent of council employees earned....... Just about sums up Beesley Borough Council members greedy, unethical and stuck in the dark ages. . If the Council want to save money,cut the number of Councillors, cut Councillors allowances and stop wasting £millions on Beesleys vanity projects. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 10

6:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

pete woodley says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
11 councillors drawing allowances of more than £20,000 a year – more money than 60 per cent of council employees earned....... Just about sums up Beesley Borough Council members greedy, unethical and stuck in the dark ages.
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If the Council want to save money,cut the number of Councillors, cut Councillors allowances and stop wasting £millions on Beesleys vanity projects.
Say no more,its been bugging me for years,that some earn more than the majority of staff.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: 11 councillors drawing allowances of more than £20,000 a year – more money than 60 per cent of council employees earned....... Just about sums up Beesley Borough Council members greedy, unethical and stuck in the dark ages. . If the Council want to save money,cut the number of Councillors, cut Councillors allowances and stop wasting £millions on Beesleys vanity projects.[/p][/quote]Say no more,its been bugging me for years,that some earn more than the majority of staff. pete woodley
  • Score: 9

7:22pm Fri 14 Mar 14

West moors 1 says...

They say they have to pay these crazy high salaries to get the quality of staff they require. That's rubbish, they are all promoted within the self serving offices of the council. They couldn't get a top job in the private sector. The low paid need improving and the over paid people at the top need cutting out. Simple, that's what the private sector would do!!
They say they have to pay these crazy high salaries to get the quality of staff they require. That's rubbish, they are all promoted within the self serving offices of the council. They couldn't get a top job in the private sector. The low paid need improving and the over paid people at the top need cutting out. Simple, that's what the private sector would do!! West moors 1
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Fri 14 Mar 14

whataboutthat says...

'So this is how it goes, Smith. You cut the rates for the drones and enhance the r e m u n e r a t i o n for the king and queen bees (equality dontcha know. Protests? Just whisper the word, very slowly, m o u c h e l...
'So this is how it goes, Smith. You cut the rates for the drones and enhance the r e m u n e r a t i o n for the king and queen bees (equality dontcha know. Protests? Just whisper the word, very slowly, m o u c h e l... whataboutthat
  • Score: 5

11:33pm Fri 14 Mar 14

ShuttleX says...

whataboutthat wrote:
'So this is how it goes, Smith. You cut the rates for the drones and enhance the r e m u n e r a t i o n for the king and queen bees (equality dontcha know. Protests? Just whisper the word, very slowly, m o u c h e l...
Mouchel is dead in the water. It will be brought back in house by the end of the year. The Council plan to bring Mouchel back under Council control by creating a new company, Bournemouth Building Maintenance. The Mouchel top bosses will get their golden handshakes, the work force will be getting trimmed right down to save on costs. Not to worry, Gary Josey is happy.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: 'So this is how it goes, Smith. You cut the rates for the drones and enhance the r e m u n e r a t i o n for the king and queen bees (equality dontcha know. Protests? Just whisper the word, very slowly, m o u c h e l...[/p][/quote]Mouchel is dead in the water. It will be brought back in house by the end of the year. The Council plan to bring Mouchel back under Council control by creating a new company, Bournemouth Building Maintenance. The Mouchel top bosses will get their golden handshakes, the work force will be getting trimmed right down to save on costs. Not to worry, Gary Josey is happy. ShuttleX
  • Score: 3

8:51am Sat 15 Mar 14

Townee says...

If the council say it's has to pay high rates to attract top people, they want to try advertising the post at a lower rate and excepting people who are willing to work for less.
If the council say it's has to pay high rates to attract top people, they want to try advertising the post at a lower rate and excepting people who are willing to work for less. Townee
  • Score: 0

2:45am Sun 16 Mar 14

tbpoole says...

Townee wrote:
If the council say it's has to pay high rates to attract top people, they want to try advertising the post at a lower rate and excepting people who are willing to work for less.
If you pay peanuts.....
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: If the council say it's has to pay high rates to attract top people, they want to try advertising the post at a lower rate and excepting people who are willing to work for less.[/p][/quote]If you pay peanuts..... tbpoole
  • Score: -1

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