WHITE VAN Man

The Oban Times - - News - Ge­orge Berry

AUS­TER­ITY is a word fa­mil­iar to all of us.

So how does aus­ter­ity af­fect you? Has it forced you to tighten your belt due to pay freezes? Is it due to a lack of fund­ing for pub­lic ser­vices? Where and when is all this go­ing to end?

Last week we dis­cov­ered that wages for top- earn­ing coun­cil of­fi­cers range from £ 55,000 to £124,999 per year.

This is dis­grace­ful at a time when aus­ter­ity has been forced on us by those who make it clear that Argyll and Bute Coun­cil must make some very hard choices to save money.

When I think of pub­lic sec­tor work­ers re­stricted to one per cent wage rises, or com­pa­nies which of­fer zero-hours or re­duced hours con­tracts, forc­ing many peo­ple to take up two or three part-time jobs, it makes my blood boil.

Is it time for a to­tal re­think of lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers salaries? Yes.

Not one coun­cil of­fi­cer should earn more than £ 50,000 per year, and that goes for the chief ex­ec­u­tive.

It was said that you have got to pay top prices for top of­fi­cers.

No of­fi­cial is worth that kind of money when they ex­pect the work­force and elec­torate of Argyll and Bute to suf­fer.

Maybe coun­cil of­fi­cers should take cuts in their salaries. Not only would that bring them back to re­al­ity with a bang but it would also help to sort out the fi­nan­cial cri­sis be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by the coun­cil.

At the end of the day not one of us is bet­ter than the other.

We are all Jock Tam­son’s bairns – a sen­ti­ment that too many peo­ple are not will­ing to ac­cept.

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