Unison blasts pay cuts for low paid staff at Darlington Borough Council

PAY CUTS: Darlington Borough Council

PAY CUTS: Darlington Borough Council

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (Darlington)

DOZENS of low-paid council staff are facing pay cuts of up to £2,000 a year, as part of a cost-cutting restructure, The Northern Echo has learnt.

Up to 30 members of staff in the environmental services department at Darlington Borough Council will see their working conditions change.

Unison, the public sector union, called the proposed changes unfair, saying the council has ‘got it wrong’ and vowed to help its members fight them.

The potential changes, which include a switch to a four-day week, came to light after an affected employee contacted The Northern Echo.

Environmental services covers a range of council functions, from rubbish collection, street cleaning, cemetery maintenance and dealing with dog waste.

Dawn Taylor, assistant secretary of the Darlington branch of Unison, said: “Yet again, our low-paid members are being squeezed the hardest, with continued cuts to their pay and conditions.

“It is unfair that those people who provide essential public services are denied a wage that gives them a decent standard of living.

“The authority has trumpeted its drive to boost local economic growth, that is why pay matters.

“Our community depends on people being in work and earning decent pay, pay that gets spent where we live, boosting local businesses and creating new jobs. The authority has got it wrong.

“Cabinet has agreed to move the lowest hourly pay rate to scale point ten.

“While they're giving a small amount to some with one hand, they're taking off others to pay for it.

“We welcome the small amount of help for the lowest paid, but it's still not the living wage.

“The branch will support its members at every turn and help them fights these cuts.”

A council spokeswoman said: "The council is continually restructuring its workforce to meet the challenging financial environment it is facing.

“There is a restructure taking place within environmental services and although there are enough posts for all existing employees and no proposed reduction in contracted hours, some jobs will change significantly, which will impact on salaries.

“There is the potential for up to 30 employees to see a pay reduction of up to £2,000 gross after a three-year period.

“There are also proposed changes to working arrangements, specifically to a four-day working week.

“These changes are as a result of plans already agreed, such as our amending the way we collect refuse and recycling.”

In January, the council approved changes to its rubbish collections – with general waste and recycling to be taken away on alternate weeks from October, saving some £400,000.

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2:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

What about wages cuts for the top hierarchy and the reduction in the number of Councillors? Sacred cows and ring fenced salaries have been previous descriptions of this scenario.
What about wages cuts for the top hierarchy and the reduction in the number of Councillors? Sacred cows and ring fenced salaries have been previous descriptions of this scenario. Lifetime Townie
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2:56pm Wed 19 Feb 14

punkrocker says...

this is shamefull but no doubt some on here will rejoice at further attacks on council employees
this is shamefull but no doubt some on here will rejoice at further attacks on council employees punkrocker
  • Score: -4

3:06pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DarloXman says...

I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary.

But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go! DarloXman
  • Score: 34

3:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

Lets be perfectly honest here do the blue collar workers at DBC think that it would go any other way, Bill and His Buddies WILL NOT RELINQUISH one penny, only add to there fat packages at the expense of the real workers.
DISGRACEFUL.
Lets be perfectly honest here do the blue collar workers at DBC think that it would go any other way, Bill and His Buddies WILL NOT RELINQUISH one penny, only add to there fat packages at the expense of the real workers. DISGRACEFUL. oliviaden6
  • Score: 18

3:31pm Wed 19 Feb 14

marilyn49 says...

Absolutely disgusting, and from a supposedly labour council. Shameful!
Absolutely disgusting, and from a supposedly labour council. Shameful! marilyn49
  • Score: 12

3:36pm Wed 19 Feb 14

BMD says...

A council spokeswoman said: “These changes are as a result of plans already agreed, such as our amending the way we collect refuse and recycling.”

Unison, the public sector union kept very quiet when DBC was introducing fortnightly collections for the Darlington residents, but now they are chirping up when it is now affecting their members pay-packet.

Union's more face's than Darlington Town Clock!!!
A council spokeswoman said: “These changes are as a result of plans already agreed, such as our amending the way we collect refuse and recycling.” Unison, the public sector union kept very quiet when DBC was introducing fortnightly collections for the Darlington residents, but now they are chirping up when it is now affecting their members pay-packet. Union's more face's than Darlington Town Clock!!! BMD
  • Score: 8

3:44pm Wed 19 Feb 14

D. Hop says...

I do not agree with this, and personally think its shocking. But its happening to me for the second time in recent years. Its a sad sign of the times when hard working professionals are being shafted at the cost of upper management. While they still somehow manage to still reap their bonuses. It stinks.
I do not agree with this, and personally think its shocking. But its happening to me for the second time in recent years. Its a sad sign of the times when hard working professionals are being shafted at the cost of upper management. While they still somehow manage to still reap their bonuses. It stinks. D. Hop
  • Score: 13

4:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

darloboss says...

sorry but in the past when ex council employees have worked for us they have been the lazyest people i have ever met
moaning all the time wont work cant work always an excuse for not doing things
they moan on about contracts. but by god they can count their pennies at the end of the week
my own policy is never to give a council worker a tea break the cost of retraining them after it is too prohibitve
sorry but in the past when ex council employees have worked for us they have been the lazyest people i have ever met moaning all the time wont work cant work always an excuse for not doing things they moan on about contracts. but by god they can count their pennies at the end of the week my own policy is never to give a council worker a tea break the cost of retraining them after it is too prohibitve darloboss
  • Score: -7

4:45pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DM1989 says...

The council workers are not lazy! I don't think people realise they have breaks 9.30 - 9.45 and 12.00 - 12.30. An example of the work they do... Have a look down the black path opposite the technology college, it is a tip and overgrown! Why? Because it is privately owned. A lad on the bins will walk 10 miles a day and between the two of them will average covering 1300 houses. People say they drive around too much well they can't teleport from one job to another, so get off your high horses and support people who work hard.
The council workers are not lazy! I don't think people realise they have breaks 9.30 - 9.45 and 12.00 - 12.30. An example of the work they do... Have a look down the black path opposite the technology college, it is a tip and overgrown! Why? Because it is privately owned. A lad on the bins will walk 10 miles a day and between the two of them will average covering 1300 houses. People say they drive around too much well they can't teleport from one job to another, so get off your high horses and support people who work hard. DM1989
  • Score: 7

4:46pm Wed 19 Feb 14

old gadgee says...

They say it's tough at the top but it's even tougher at the bottom 'cos those at the top keep sh****ng on you.
A fine example here I think . . . .
They say it's tough at the top but it's even tougher at the bottom 'cos those at the top keep sh****ng on you. A fine example here I think . . . . old gadgee
  • Score: 13

4:53pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sineater says...

what good idea sac k those at the top because of their higher pay,b ecause we don't need anyone in charge do we ?
what good idea sac k those at the top because of their higher pay,b ecause we don't need anyone in charge do we ? sineater
  • Score: -9

6:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

councilboy says...

the council say no jobs will be lost,strange four low paid workers recieved redundancy letters,management salaries will not be affected.
the council say no jobs will be lost,strange four low paid workers recieved redundancy letters,management salaries will not be affected. councilboy
  • Score: 12

6:50pm Wed 19 Feb 14

capt manners says...

darloboss wrote:
sorry but in the past when ex council employees have worked for us they have been the lazyest people i have ever met
moaning all the time wont work cant work always an excuse for not doing things
they moan on about contracts. but by god they can count their pennies at the end of the week
my own policy is never to give a council worker a tea break the cost of retraining them after it is too prohibitve
Out of order!!!
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: sorry but in the past when ex council employees have worked for us they have been the lazyest people i have ever met moaning all the time wont work cant work always an excuse for not doing things they moan on about contracts. but by god they can count their pennies at the end of the week my own policy is never to give a council worker a tea break the cost of retraining them after it is too prohibitve[/p][/quote]Out of order!!! capt manners
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

loan_star says...

sineater wrote:
what good idea sac k those at the top because of their higher pay,b ecause we don't need anyone in charge do we ?
Make your mind up sineater! You can't criticise the bankers on one hand for feathering their own nests whilst refusing to criticise local government officials for doing the same!
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: what good idea sac k those at the top because of their higher pay,b ecause we don't need anyone in charge do we ?[/p][/quote]Make your mind up sineater! You can't criticise the bankers on one hand for feathering their own nests whilst refusing to criticise local government officials for doing the same! loan_star
  • Score: 9

8:12pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sineater says...

I never said anything about sacking every single exec at the banks,probab ly there could be some thinning out of middle management at councils , and iff the bankers had been dealt with properly,mayb e there would not be so many workers around the country getting the push at all. The national debt is growing not reducing , the government are trying and failing to reduce the debt to fast (at least that is their excuse ,really it is about dismantling the welfare state). We had a much larger debt than now when we borrowed from the states during ww2, and spent paying that back over 60 yrs so it was less painful to the countries finances, Osbourne needs to go back to school .
I never said anything about sacking every single exec at the banks,probab ly there could be some thinning out of middle management at councils , and iff the bankers had been dealt with properly,mayb e there would not be so many workers around the country getting the push at all. The national debt is growing not reducing , the government are trying and failing to reduce the debt to fast (at least that is their excuse ,really it is about dismantling the welfare state). We had a much larger debt than now when we borrowed from the states during ww2, and spent paying that back over 60 yrs so it was less painful to the countries finances, Osbourne needs to go back to school . sineater
  • Score: -4

9:49pm Wed 19 Feb 14

behonest says...

So, lower paid working people from Darlington are being shafted by our Labour council, whilst the highest paid are left alone.
At next years local election most low paid working people from Darlington will vote Labour. So we will always get shafted by Labour in Darlington.
Meanwhile, Hambleton gets a council tax freeze. Think on.
So, lower paid working people from Darlington are being shafted by our Labour council, whilst the highest paid are left alone. At next years local election most low paid working people from Darlington will vote Labour. So we will always get shafted by Labour in Darlington. Meanwhile, Hambleton gets a council tax freeze. Think on. behonest
  • Score: 15

11:57am Thu 20 Feb 14

Homshaw1 says...

Both sides have a point. The streets have been dirty for years and it comes down to demotivated staff and dire management. What I would like to see is hard working full time fairly-paid professional motivated staff who are properly supervised leading to clean streets.

I think staff should be area based and responsible and accountable for that area.

If DBC are not capable of doing the job it should go out to tender.
Both sides have a point. The streets have been dirty for years and it comes down to demotivated staff and dire management. What I would like to see is hard working full time fairly-paid professional motivated staff who are properly supervised leading to clean streets. I think staff should be area based and responsible and accountable for that area. If DBC are not capable of doing the job it should go out to tender. Homshaw1
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

DarloXman wrote:
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform... Lionel1
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

DarloXman says...

Lionel1 wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13.

I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document!
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...[/p][/quote]It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document! DarloXman
  • Score: 9

7:25pm Thu 20 Feb 14

DM1989 says...

The streets are dirty because street cleaning jobs are less than a few years ago due to people leaving/retiring and not being replaced and the amount of vehicles, such as roadsweepers being cut. Imagine how much money would be saved if everyone at Darlington Borough Council taken a 2% including the likes of Ada Burns, better than a lower paid employee loosing £2,000 a year. One council worker told me a few of the younger lads who work there earn £2.60 an hour on an apprenticeship!
The streets are dirty because street cleaning jobs are less than a few years ago due to people leaving/retiring and not being replaced and the amount of vehicles, such as roadsweepers being cut. Imagine how much money would be saved if everyone at Darlington Borough Council taken a 2% including the likes of Ada Burns, better than a lower paid employee loosing £2,000 a year. One council worker told me a few of the younger lads who work there earn £2.60 an hour on an apprenticeship! DM1989
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Lifetime Townie says...

DarloXman wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13.

I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document!
Come on Unison, can you do anything about these salaries of the top hierarchy. They are certainly not earned through performance, just look at the £m of our money lost through project mismanagement. Town center and ETC are classic examples where the accountable persons got off by issuing a meaningless apology and still have a job in the town hall. Are they taking the mickey out of us residents??
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...[/p][/quote]It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document![/p][/quote]Come on Unison, can you do anything about these salaries of the top hierarchy. They are certainly not earned through performance, just look at the £m of our money lost through project mismanagement. Town center and ETC are classic examples where the accountable persons got off by issuing a meaningless apology and still have a job in the town hall. Are they taking the mickey out of us residents?? Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 6

5:47am Fri 21 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

Lifetime Townie wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13.

I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document!
Come on Unison, can you do anything about these salaries of the top hierarchy. They are certainly not earned through performance, just look at the £m of our money lost through project mismanagement. Town center and ETC are classic examples where the accountable persons got off by issuing a meaningless apology and still have a job in the town hall. Are they taking the mickey out of us residents??
Unison can do naff all. They have very little influence now although they'd try to tell you different. Councils will do as they wish, even to services previously delivered by law. I'm employed by a local authority and some of the mis management of funding I've witnessed due to a culture of 'well we've always done it like that' is astounding. Local Authorities have many good employees who deserve decent salaries but there are also some (especially senior management) who just seem to go unchallenged and roll from one mess to another!
[quote][p][bold]Lifetime Townie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...[/p][/quote]It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document![/p][/quote]Come on Unison, can you do anything about these salaries of the top hierarchy. They are certainly not earned through performance, just look at the £m of our money lost through project mismanagement. Town center and ETC are classic examples where the accountable persons got off by issuing a meaningless apology and still have a job in the town hall. Are they taking the mickey out of us residents??[/p][/quote]Unison can do naff all. They have very little influence now although they'd try to tell you different. Councils will do as they wish, even to services previously delivered by law. I'm employed by a local authority and some of the mis management of funding I've witnessed due to a culture of 'well we've always done it like that' is astounding. Local Authorities have many good employees who deserve decent salaries but there are also some (especially senior management) who just seem to go unchallenged and roll from one mess to another! Lionel1
  • Score: 7

7:34am Fri 21 Feb 14

BMD says...

Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all.

Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.
Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train. BMD
  • Score: 0

11:54am Fri 21 Feb 14

Council employee1 says...

I am a council employee and about 6 month ago they put sat navs in all recycling and refuse wagons which cost them £60000 and they have now been switched off so all they are doing is making us pay for there incompetance. We have had a 1% pay tise in 4 year and now we are getting a 10% pay cut the councillers should hang there heads in shame for passing this when ypu think ada burns salays would cover the cost of 10 refuse collectors
I am a council employee and about 6 month ago they put sat navs in all recycling and refuse wagons which cost them £60000 and they have now been switched off so all they are doing is making us pay for there incompetance. We have had a 1% pay tise in 4 year and now we are getting a 10% pay cut the councillers should hang there heads in shame for passing this when ypu think ada burns salays would cover the cost of 10 refuse collectors Council employee1
  • Score: 12

12:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

BMD wrote:
Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all.

Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.
Not sure what you mean BMD?
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.[/p][/quote]Not sure what you mean BMD? Lionel1
  • Score: 4

3:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

BMD says...

Lionel1 wrote:
BMD wrote: Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.
Not sure what you mean BMD?
The Union officals at the Council conduct union buisness in company time, the council provide them with offices rent free, all consumables, equipment, electricity and transport.

Company time = Tax-payers money
[quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.[/p][/quote]Not sure what you mean BMD?[/p][/quote]The Union officals at the Council conduct union buisness in company time, the council provide them with offices rent free, all consumables, equipment, electricity and transport. Company time = Tax-payers money BMD
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

BMD wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
BMD wrote: Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.
Not sure what you mean BMD?
The Union officals at the Council conduct union buisness in company time, the council provide them with offices rent free, all consumables, equipment, electricity and transport.

Company time = Tax-payers money
My point was that Unions don't really effect negotiations/outcome
s anymore, they just prolong the inevitable!

I don't think they enjoy such luxuries at my employer but that's not to say it doesn't happen elsewhere...
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: Lionel1 says... Unison can do naff all. Because Unison are on the same gravy-train.[/p][/quote]Not sure what you mean BMD?[/p][/quote]The Union officals at the Council conduct union buisness in company time, the council provide them with offices rent free, all consumables, equipment, electricity and transport. Company time = Tax-payers money[/p][/quote]My point was that Unions don't really effect negotiations/outcome s anymore, they just prolong the inevitable! I don't think they enjoy such luxuries at my employer but that's not to say it doesn't happen elsewhere... Lionel1
  • Score: 1

10:58pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

DarloXman wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13.

I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document!
Can you attach a link, so that we can all see it. I did actually see a printed copy handed to me at a council meeting by a local activist.It really stinks that the actual workers are getting wage freezes and wage cuts while the likes of Burns, Alty and co are getting richer by the minute. From what I've heard, the union did all they could to ease the current problems over the last two years and now you see how Burns and Dixon are repaying them. This council is a disgrace.

As I have said before, use you vote tactically and vote this bunch out. A new cabinet can then ditch the overpaid and underachieving executives.
[quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...[/p][/quote]It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document![/p][/quote]Can you attach a link, so that we can all see it. I did actually see a printed copy handed to me at a council meeting by a local activist.It really stinks that the actual workers are getting wage freezes and wage cuts while the likes of Burns, Alty and co are getting richer by the minute. From what I've heard, the union did all they could to ease the current problems over the last two years and now you see how Burns and Dixon are repaying them. This council is a disgrace. As I have said before, use you vote tactically and vote this bunch out. A new cabinet can then ditch the overpaid and underachieving executives. Spy Boy
  • Score: 1

12:24am Sun 23 Feb 14

theWorkerScum says...

Council employee1 wrote:
I am a council employee and about 6 month ago they put sat navs in all recycling and refuse wagons which cost them £60000 and they have now been switched off so all they are doing is making us pay for there incompetance. We have had a 1% pay tise in 4 year and now we are getting a 10% pay cut the councillers should hang there heads in shame for passing this when ypu think ada burns salays would cover the cost of 10 refuse collectors
Yeah someone should have told them Halfords had a deal on the sat navs. I mean 60k is a lot of sat navs unless they 1k each. Surely can't be more than 60 trucks???!!!?
[quote][p][bold]Council employee1[/bold] wrote: I am a council employee and about 6 month ago they put sat navs in all recycling and refuse wagons which cost them £60000 and they have now been switched off so all they are doing is making us pay for there incompetance. We have had a 1% pay tise in 4 year and now we are getting a 10% pay cut the councillers should hang there heads in shame for passing this when ypu think ada burns salays would cover the cost of 10 refuse collectors[/p][/quote]Yeah someone should have told them Halfords had a deal on the sat navs. I mean 60k is a lot of sat navs unless they 1k each. Surely can't be more than 60 trucks???!!!? theWorkerScum
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7:35am Sun 23 Feb 14

BMD says...

Spy Boy wrote:
DarloXman wrote:
Lionel1 wrote:
DarloXman wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go!
if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...
It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document!
Can you attach a link, so that we can all see it. I did actually see a printed copy handed to me at a council meeting by a local activist.It really stinks that the actual workers are getting wage freezes and wage cuts while the likes of Burns, Alty and co are getting richer by the minute. From what I've heard, the union did all they could to ease the current problems over the last two years and now you see how Burns and Dixon are repaying them. This council is a disgrace. As I have said before, use you vote tactically and vote this bunch out. A new cabinet can then ditch the overpaid and underachieving executives.
The council have used an excel spread-sheet, scroll down to the yearly payments, here's the link Spy Boy:

http://www.darlingto
n.gov.uk/Generic/cou
ncilinfo/workforcein
formation.htm#counci
lofficers

14 council employees were paid a salary and pension contributions of nearly £1.5 Million for 2012 / 2013.
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lionel1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarloXman[/bold] wrote: I'd suggest as a starting point a slightly greater reduction in salary for our Chief Executive, Ms Ada Burns. Her performance merits a significant reduction from her currently obscene £186,000 annual salary. But no chance as long as the current group of Councillors remain in power - they all need to go![/p][/quote]if the salary figure quoted above is correct its staggering. I work for another local authority of similar size to Darlington (in Tees Valley) and our Chief Exec is on £60k LESS - I'm all for paying good salaries but you need to perform...[/p][/quote]It's correct - £156,720 base salary and £28,993 pension contribution - that was for 2012/13. I was staggered myself when I first saw it - but be sure it's correct. A spreadsheet is actually hidden on the Council's website detailing all the salaries of the Senior post holders earning over £50,000 - quite a shocking document![/p][/quote]Can you attach a link, so that we can all see it. I did actually see a printed copy handed to me at a council meeting by a local activist.It really stinks that the actual workers are getting wage freezes and wage cuts while the likes of Burns, Alty and co are getting richer by the minute. From what I've heard, the union did all they could to ease the current problems over the last two years and now you see how Burns and Dixon are repaying them. This council is a disgrace. As I have said before, use you vote tactically and vote this bunch out. A new cabinet can then ditch the overpaid and underachieving executives.[/p][/quote]The council have used an excel spread-sheet, scroll down to the yearly payments, here's the link Spy Boy: http://www.darlingto n.gov.uk/Generic/cou ncilinfo/workforcein formation.htm#counci lofficers 14 council employees were paid a salary and pension contributions of nearly £1.5 Million for 2012 / 2013. BMD
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10:35am Sun 23 Feb 14

Lionel1 says...

banmeandilljustregis
teragainwithanewuser
name
wrote:
If only people would stick together. That's what's required for a revolution you know.
Everyone down the Market Square then...
[quote][p][bold]banmeandilljustregis teragainwithanewuser name[/bold] wrote: If only people would stick together. That's what's required for a revolution you know.[/p][/quote]Everyone down the Market Square then... Lionel1
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12:23am Mon 24 Feb 14

Spy Boy says...

Staggering ! A little birdie told me that Mz Burnz was up for a rise in salary again. We'll have to keep checking this site. I see Cliffie Brown got a handsome redundancy package. Probably a lot more than all the little people who once worked for him when they got the boot.

No doubt Burnz and co are a bit miffed by Wayne Rooney's huge pay rise. It's all just Monopoly money these days. It has no value whatsoever. It's rather like our council: All fakes, lots of zeros and worthless in the real world. You may quote this. :-)
Staggering ! A little birdie told me that Mz Burnz was up for a rise in salary again. We'll have to keep checking this site. I see Cliffie Brown got a handsome redundancy package. Probably a lot more than all the little people who once worked for him when they got the boot. No doubt Burnz and co are a bit miffed by Wayne Rooney's huge pay rise. It's all just Monopoly money these days. It has no value whatsoever. It's rather like our council: All fakes, lots of zeros and worthless in the real world. You may quote this. :-) Spy Boy
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12:23am Mon 24 Feb 14

Thor67 says...

behonest wrote:
So, lower paid working people from Darlington are being shafted by our Labour council, whilst the highest paid are left alone.
At next years local election most low paid working people from Darlington will vote Labour. So we will always get shafted by Labour in Darlington.
Meanwhile, Hambleton gets a council tax freeze. Think on.
That's if people even bother to vote, behonest.

Darlington always has a notoriously low voting turnout, almost as if apathy has set in. However, these same people then spend the next 5 years moaning, and it would be interesting to know how many of them have actually voted.
My own personal view is 'If you don't vote you don't have a right to moan' .. If everyone is so upset, then get to the voting office and vote these people out! They are so used to getting re-elected that they have a sense of invulnerability in their position. Maybe it's time to give them a shock?
My political affiliations shall remain private as they have no bearing on my comment, suffice to say that I always vote in elections, and therefore feel justified in making a comment.
All I will say is, Use your vote and have your say.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: So, lower paid working people from Darlington are being shafted by our Labour council, whilst the highest paid are left alone. At next years local election most low paid working people from Darlington will vote Labour. So we will always get shafted by Labour in Darlington. Meanwhile, Hambleton gets a council tax freeze. Think on.[/p][/quote]That's if people even bother to vote, behonest. Darlington always has a notoriously low voting turnout, almost as if apathy has set in. However, these same people then spend the next 5 years moaning, and it would be interesting to know how many of them have actually voted. My own personal view is 'If you don't vote you don't have a right to moan' .. If everyone is so upset, then get to the voting office and vote these people out! They are so used to getting re-elected that they have a sense of invulnerability in their position. Maybe it's time to give them a shock? My political affiliations shall remain private as they have no bearing on my comment, suffice to say that I always vote in elections, and therefore feel justified in making a comment. All I will say is, Use your vote and have your say. Thor67
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