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Anger As NLC Bosses Shared Massive Salary
Former chief executive Gavin Whitefield
Low-paid council workers reacted with fury after it emerged that seven North Lanarkshire Council bosses shared almost £800,000 in salary.
The seven employees were paid more than £100,000 each between April 2014 and March 2015. Former chief executive Gavin Whitefield pocketed a whopping £159,601. All seven were paid a total of £785,018.
Council sources said Mr Whitefield was given £20,000 as returning officer for this year’s General Election held at Ravenscraig.
The seven officials pay is more than FIVE times many of the low-paid workers at the local authority with many of them facing the axe.
The cash-strapped local authority also paid salaries in the excess of £50,000 to 312 employees.
Up to 1100 low-paid jobs are set to be axed after the council announced last month that they plan to make £45m budget cuts over the next two years.
That is on top of the £22m of cuts agreed by councillors last month.
Council employee Jim Sullivan said: “The chief executive and top tier management are all getting paid well over £100,000 each per annum.
“This cannot be justified no matter what anyone says, especially given the impending jobs cuts.” Another council worker, who didn’t want to be named, added: “I am earning £18,000 and the morale at the council is very low.”
According to the annual accounts remuneration report Alistair Crichton, executive director of finance and customer services earned £121,968, Paul Jukes, former executive director of environmental services, now chief executive, pocketed £121,975, June Murray, executive director of corporate services picked up £119,823, Duncan McKay, executive director of housing and social work services, earned £117,689, Andrew Sutherland, executive director of learning and leisure services made £120,359 and Mary Fegan, head of social work services until April 2014, earned £10,505. Her annual salary would have been £99,320.
Another employee, who is jointly employed by NLC and NHS Lanarkshire, earns over £100,000 per annum. The council refused to give any more details when pressed.
The huge salaries have angered hundreds of staff set for the chop which includes 400 home care support workers, 65 classroom assistants, 28 cleaners and 21 janitors.
Council leader Jim McCabe, who earned £38,527 last year, said they are committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies and vowed to consult with trade unions, workers and local communities.
A council spokesman, said: “We are a near £1billion a year business, employing more than 13,000 people and delivering around 400 distinct services.
“Leading, managing and directing an organisation of this size and scope requires specific skills and experience from suitably qualified people. The salaries for chief executives are set nationally and chief officers are on a nationally-agreed pay scale comparable with similar sized councils.
“The chief executive, executive directors and heads of service accepted a voluntary 2.5 per cent pay cut more than a year ago. The number of chief officers has reduced by a quarter since 2007, with a further review of management being considered as part of the savings required for the next two years.
“We have an excellent record of protecting our lower paid workers.
“We do not pay the National Minimum Wage, currently £6.70 an hour, but the Living Wage of £7.65. A pay award backdated to April 2015 is pending and will be paid in February lifting the rate to £7.97 an hour followed by a further increase from April 1, 2016, to £8.33 an hour.”