Caerphilly council staff to walk out over ‘mammoth’ pay rises for bosses

PAY DEAL: Chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan, awarded a big pay rise

PAY DEAL: Chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan, awarded a big pay rise

First published in News

CAERPHILLY council staff have decided to walk out on Monday lunchtime in protest at ‘mammoth’ pay rises set to be given out to 20 of the top paid executives.

Unison’s Caerphilly County Branch held an emergency branch executive meeting on Wednesday to decide on a response to the council’s decision to raise the chief executive’s and executive officers’ pay by up to 20 per cent with chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan getting a £27,000 rise on top of his £120,000 salary.

Four of the council’s high earners are set to get fivefigure increases.

After the meeting, Gary Enright, Unison Caerphilly branch secretary, said: “Our members are understandably extremely angry about the chief executive’s mammoth pay rise and are not prepared to simply accept the situation.

“It is grossly unfair and insulting to Caerphilly council workers. Following discussions with our members throughout the council, Unison has decided to lead a lunchtime walk out this Monday.

“We will be calling on all of our members to utilise their lunch break to participate in the walk out to demonstrate their anger and strength of feeling on this matter.”

Caerphilly Plaid Cymru also wants a special council meeting called to discuss the pay hike.

Cllr Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid group, said: “The group executive met yesterday evening and agreed to recommend to the group that we should seek a special meeting of the authority.

“We expect to get that authority from the group on Monday evening.

“The rises are more than most of our employees earn in a year and this meeting will give all councillors an opportunity to have their say on this pay deal, which has caused so much outrage among employees and the public.”

As required under the Localism Act 2011, a full council meeting was held on June 26 to consider the council’s pay policy.

At that meeting a politically- balanced remuneration committee was established to reviewpay arrangements for senior staff across the authority.

A Caerphilly council spokesman said the decision was made by a crossparty committee on September 5, and in the interests of transparency, the minutes of the meeting were presented at the earliest opportunity to all members at the full council meeting on the October 9.

The minutes were accepted and no issues or concerns were raised by members at the time.

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1:04pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Nospin_1 says...

I normally do not support strike action, however I suspect like me the vast majority of the people of Caerphilly will support them.

Councillors need to remember the only way the voters can protest is voting them out if these rises stand.

If they take longer action after xmas, pls let us know if there is a fund to support them.

It is long overdue that these trousering council execs (across Wales) got their come uppance
I normally do not support strike action, however I suspect like me the vast majority of the people of Caerphilly will support them. Councillors need to remember the only way the voters can protest is voting them out if these rises stand. If they take longer action after xmas, pls let us know if there is a fund to support them. It is long overdue that these trousering council execs (across Wales) got their come uppance Nospin_1
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1:13pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Cwmderi says...

The council propoganda machine is still peddling the myth that this was agreed by a 'Cross Party Committee', when the truth is that it was nothing of the sort.
1. Cllr Blackman says that no Independent councillors sat on this committee
2. The only non Labour (Plaid) councillor invited to sit on the committee voted against the salary hikes.
3. The four Labour Members of the committee were all members of the council executive (cabinet Members) who no doubt would have been fully briefed by the Labour leadership before the 'secret' meeting.
4. It appears that other than the rest of the Labour cabinet (6), all other 62 elected councillors were kept totally in the dark. Democracy at work.
What a shambles
Hope we will see a vote of no confidence in the leadership where ALL councillors will be able to vote and have their say.
The council propoganda machine is still peddling the myth that this was agreed by a 'Cross Party Committee', when the truth is that it was nothing of the sort. 1. Cllr Blackman says that no Independent councillors sat on this committee 2. The only non Labour (Plaid) councillor invited to sit on the committee voted against the salary hikes. 3. The four Labour Members of the committee were all members of the council executive (cabinet Members) who no doubt would have been fully briefed by the Labour leadership before the 'secret' meeting. 4. It appears that other than the rest of the Labour cabinet (6), all other 62 elected councillors were kept totally in the dark. Democracy at work. What a shambles Hope we will see a vote of no confidence in the leadership where ALL councillors will be able to vote and have their say. Cwmderi
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4:35pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Davi says...

These pay increases were done behind closed doors and the majority of Councillors were unaware of them.The excuse for pay increases was to maintain high level of staff at the top..they already earn a **** good salary and for Anthony O'Sullivan to give himself £27,000 extra in his pay is disgusting.That would pay 2 members of hardworking Council Staff, the real workers not the pen pushers in the offices.And for some white collar workers they earn far too much as well..And the biggest laugh is they all call themselves Officers of the Council each one of them (the pen pushers) have fancy titles..
These pay increases were done behind closed doors and the majority of Councillors were unaware of them.The excuse for pay increases was to maintain high level of staff at the top..they already earn a **** good salary and for Anthony O'Sullivan to give himself £27,000 extra in his pay is disgusting.That would pay 2 members of hardworking Council Staff, the real workers not the pen pushers in the offices.And for some white collar workers they earn far too much as well..And the biggest laugh is they all call themselves Officers of the Council each one of them (the pen pushers) have fancy titles.. Davi
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8:13pm Sun 6 Jan 13

pwlldu says...

Labour councillors are in hiding shame on them. When staff at Pontllanfraith office could be losing their jobs. Councillors like Nigel Dix who pretends to be a socialist, but carry a right wing chip.
Labour councillors are in hiding shame on them. When staff at Pontllanfraith office could be losing their jobs. Councillors like Nigel Dix who pretends to be a socialist, but carry a right wing chip. pwlldu
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