Council Employees Take a Pay Cut to save Services

Very simple idea and can't believe it hasn't even been mentioned or considered. It's very simple, if all employees took a pay cut it would save certain services from closing and also save jobs. Here are examples

8000 employees, each one takes a £50 a month pay cut, so 1 employee for the year would be £600 times that by 8000 employees = £4.8 million pounds saved a year, times 3 for 3 years = £14.4 million

so that's how it works, and with all that saving surly that will save jobs and save certain services for 3 years? Now more math

£75 a month pay cut for 8000 employees would be £7.2 million a year, 3 years would be £21.6 million

£100 a month pay cut for 8000 employees would be £9.6 million a year, 3 years would be £28.8 million. Do you see where this is going. Another option is each BG level ( council scale of pay ) takes a certain pay cut on there annual salary ie Executives take a £150 a month pay cut, managers £100, supervisors £75, low paid staff £40, obviously I can't give you a number as I am unaware of who is what in the council but again can you see where this can go to avoid lost jobs and services.


Why the contribution is important

Simple, saves services and jobs if everyone pulls together to protect the council services and jobs.

Thank you 

by user162427 on November 21, 2013 at 11:36PM

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  • Posted by user536903 November 22, 2013 at 11:32

    Sounds like a good option to consider and need of the hour. with £90m cuts in the budget this might solve some problem and people wont loose jobs..
  • Posted by user736775 November 22, 2013 at 17:10

    Alternatively why not spread the pain a bit more widely by adding a few quid to the council tax? This could be aimed at those more able to afford it by concentrating on the higher value banded properties. The council is already going through rationalisation to save significant sums.
  • Posted by user734334 November 22, 2013 at 18:59

    I like it but how are you going to avoid every tom, dick and Harry striking and going bananas about this? Good luck with that!
  • Posted by user419812 November 23, 2013 at 11:33

    Wouldn't 'everyone pulls together' be more fairly achieved by raising council tax by a small percentage? It's our city after all, not just council employees', so shouldn't we all take responsibility?
  • Posted by user129437 December 13, 2013 at 16:40

    Given that pay has been frozen in councils for the last 3 years I can't see this being popular. If anything it would be council tax that should rise.
  • Posted by user972174 January 06, 2014 at 10:30

    Local government workers' pay has fallen by 18% since 2010. On top of this many individual workers are having their pay and conditions cut as a result of the budget cuts. Local Government is the most efficient part of the public sector and provides vital local services. Why should local government workers have their pay cut even further to pay for a crisis that was created by bankers and poor regulation?
    One thing that is often forgotten is that because the council is such a large employer, it acts as a benchmark for pay in the region. So when council pay is cut, other employers cut their pay (or don't offer rises). So feel free to bash council workers, but don't complain when your pay is cut as a result.
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