Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Manning blasts councillors for pay deal "slap in the face"

Liberal Democrat Ian Manning has blasted councillors from other political parties for delivering a “slap in the face” to the lowest paid Cambridgeshire County Council workers.

Cllr Manning said fellow councillors missed a “golden opportunity” to make sure the pay gap between the high earners and those on the lowest pay didn’t get any bigger.

But instead they ignored the Liberal Democrats’ call to close the gap agreeing a one per cent pay deal across the board.

Cllr Manning, who represents Cambridge’s East Chesterton on the County Council said: “This is a real slap in the face to all those hard working staff who are paid the lowest wages.

“These are many of the people on our frontline teams who keep our county moving by delivering vital services. I am appalled that we have taken a decision which fails to value everyone from the bottom to the top.

“Labour and UKIP claim to represent the ordinary working person but when they have a chance to demonstrate that claim they fail to do so. We saw this as a golden opportunity to   close the pay gap but it’s an opportunity that has been missed.”

Deputy Lib Dem Leader, Cllr Lucy Nethsingha said: “Our flat rate proposal would have seen all staff receive a £270 pay rise. By itself, It would not have reduced the pay gap but it would have stopped it getting any bigger.”