Living wage

First published in Letters

TO REPLY to Cllr Kirby, as someone who is currently surviving on the minimum wage and still having to pay my full council tax, I don’t agree with council workers having a living wage. I do disagree with its timing, when Caerphilly council are making cuts of £14.5million. Paying workers £7.65 can’t really be justified. What’s going to happen to the workers currently earning £7.65, will they see a pay rise also to reflect their grade?

Does Cllr Kirby think it fair that people like me on a minimum wage should pay for people to enjoy a living wage? Well we will see how many votes you’ll get at the next council elections. I say pay the living wage to all, not just to a few select, as Caerphilly council has just created regional pay among public sector workers when even Labour’s leaders in London don’t agree with increases in pay within the public sector. During the council meeting Labour acted like the North Korean government. Plaid walked out because the Labour group is just not interested in considering alternatives from other groups. I can see why fellow Councillor Dix made the comments about Cllr Kirby.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Rd Bargoed

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1:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Gez Kirby says...

Mr Nutt claims that "During the council meeting Labour acted like the North Korean government. Plaid walked out because the Labour group is just not interested in considering alternatives from other groups".

Caerphilly Council's Labour leadership had repeatedly invited Plaid councillors to propose alternative savings which would balance the Council's 2014/15 budget. *None* of the proposals made by the Nationalists at that Council meeting would have balanced the changes they proposed.

So as usual, Plaid councillors were simply trying to score political points instead of acting responsibly in the interests of Caerphilly residents. Fortunately, Caerphilly Council's Labour leadership *did* act responsibly in the interests of Caerphilly residents.

As for my friend Cllr Dix's remarks, I'm happy to support everything he says in his letter published above Mr Nutt's. Which is bad news for Mr Nutt and the Nats.
Mr Nutt claims that "During the council meeting Labour acted like the North Korean government. Plaid walked out because the Labour group is just not interested in considering alternatives from other groups". Caerphilly Council's Labour leadership had repeatedly invited Plaid councillors to propose alternative savings which would balance the Council's 2014/15 budget. *None* of the proposals made by the Nationalists at that Council meeting would have balanced the changes they proposed. So as usual, Plaid councillors were simply trying to score political points instead of acting responsibly in the interests of Caerphilly residents. Fortunately, Caerphilly Council's Labour leadership *did* act responsibly in the interests of Caerphilly residents. As for my friend Cllr Dix's remarks, I'm happy to support everything he says in his letter published above Mr Nutt's. Which is bad news for Mr Nutt and the Nats. Gez Kirby
  • Score: 4

7:09pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

The council is in an unfair position in that it can raise or lower wages, employers are NOT in that position and can demand us monkeys work for peanuts or the state Gestapo run by the DWP will bully and threaten them into submission. What the WAG and councils need to do is to attack employer attitudes and to remind them you only get what you pay for, maybe it works for migrants who live 10 to a room and run by gangs ripping them off, it won't work for us. I still don't understand why everyone is so against a living wage for all, is it some sort of envy because the LA has decided for their staff they will pay it,or anger, others simply won't.
The council is in an unfair position in that it can raise or lower wages, employers are NOT in that position and can demand us monkeys work for peanuts or the state Gestapo run by the DWP will bully and threaten them into submission. What the WAG and councils need to do is to attack employer attitudes and to remind them you only get what you pay for, maybe it works for migrants who live 10 to a room and run by gangs ripping them off, it won't work for us. I still don't understand why everyone is so against a living wage for all, is it some sort of envy because the LA has decided for their staff they will pay it,or anger, others simply won't. Mervyn James
  • Score: -2

9:49pm Tue 11 Mar 14

On the inside says...

The living wage is a good thing any worker or employer against it is either exploitative scum or a bosses poodle or a nutt er
The living wage is a good thing any worker or employer against it is either exploitative scum or a bosses poodle or a nutt er On the inside
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10:40pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pwlldu says...

On the inside says... Mr Nutt is not against the living wage he just wish he could earn that much. You should read the letter more carefully. I hope you will be happy with the increase in council tax and still lose council services. As it will be the poor, children and OAP's that will lose out. Cllr Kirby are you saying Cllr Dix remarks didn't at least hurt privately. Stop playing politics, Labour don't want to work with anybody and are never willing to listen.
On the inside says... Mr Nutt is not against the living wage he just wish he could earn that much. You should read the letter more carefully. I hope you will be happy with the increase in council tax and still lose council services. As it will be the poor, children and OAP's that will lose out. Cllr Kirby are you saying Cllr Dix remarks didn't at least hurt privately. Stop playing politics, Labour don't want to work with anybody and are never willing to listen. pwlldu
  • Score: 2

10:07pm Sat 15 Mar 14

pwlldu says...

Blackwood by-election has been called for Thursday, 24 April. we will see if the people of Blackwood are happy to pay the living wage.
Blackwood by-election has been called for Thursday, 24 April. we will see if the people of Blackwood are happy to pay the living wage. pwlldu
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Mon 17 Mar 14

pwlldu says...

Vote Labour if you are happy with the various scandals, see cuts in public services and having you council tax to pay for the living wage. If not vote Plaid
Vote Labour if you are happy with the various scandals, see cuts in public services and having you council tax to pay for the living wage. If not vote Plaid pwlldu
  • Score: 0

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