Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The cuts have started….

Council workers left furious by sweeping pay cuts

Staff at Northamptonshire County Council have reacted angrily to news of how much their wages will go down following a review of pay rates across the authority. The Chron revealed yesterday that more than 4,000 council staff will lose cash from April 1, 2011 as part of a review designed to make pay rates across the authority fairer. Read the comments, they are not happy about.

Posted by thecountofnowhere @ 01:57 PM (1942 views)
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13 thoughts on “The cuts have started….

  • count i agree with your comment on the newspaper website, to be honest you were too nice about it, i would reduce all their wages by 60%

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  • cynicalsoothsayer says:

    Reality bites. The cuts in salaries will be the stick to get them to find a job elsewhere and reduce their take from the public purse to zero.

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  • Blimey, quite the thread you have going there Count !

    Good to see others private sector people understanding your views.

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  • @2 – the problem with that methodology cynical, is that you would be left paying a salary (albeit reduced) to those people who are entirely incapable of getting a job elsewhere. And all of the “good” ones will have long gone.

    recaptcha: Pursing to

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  • One only has to ask the questions. Where is all this money going and why?

    When you have thought about that you we be qualified to comment from a more constructive view point.

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  • Link to HPC: Unison rep said: “We’ve got many members who are stretched to the maximum with their mortgages and they don’t know what they’re going to do.”

    A couple of HPC-relevant comments below the article:
    “My husband and I recently took out a mortgage on our modest two-bedroomed place and worked it all out on our current earnings as all sensible people do. We could just about manage repayments and put some aside for bills. With these cuts we won’t be able to keep up our repayments, so what is to become of us?”

    To which the snarky response was:
    “Being just about able to manage mortgage payments on today’s salary, with interest rates at a 300-year low and the economy in tatters, is far from sensible.”

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  • “Being just about able to manage mortgage payments on today’s salary, with interest rates at a 300-year low and the economy in tatters, is far from sensible.”

    What’s wrong with that drewster? Eminently sensible I think. The lady concerned is 58 years old – seems odd to stretch herself to the limit with her mortgage repayments at that time in her life when retirement is only seven years away.

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  • I have always worked in the private sector, it is utter torture, kitchen work, call centre work etc. I am convinced that it is the policy of some companies to work their staff until they break and then simply replace them. To get some pocket money you have to be prepared to be kicked in the teeth. When was the last time a public sector worker did an 80 hour week for close to the minimum wage or was contractually required to take abuse from customers? I have been trying to get in to the public sector since 2001. To be fare there are some bad public sector jobs that I would never consider, but there are a lot of excellent jobs, that will still be great even after the cuts.

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  • alan,

    Nothing wrong with it – and I’m sure most of us on HPC.co.uk would agree with the sentiment. It’s just not the kind of thing one says out loud normally, like telling your wife or girlfriend that her new dress makes her bum look big.

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  • Ah, fairplay.

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  • 7/8, Maybe if more people did say these truths and maybe took some notice of it we wouldn’t be in this mess?

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  • cynicalsoothsayer says:

    @3 Yes, I know Inbreda, I worked in the public sector for eight long years, and a lot of them were entirely incapable of getting a job elsewhere. That’ll be why they’re getting 30% pay reductions.

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