The ruling Labour group has unveiled what it calls a prudent budget for hard times … but Council leader Helen Holland says there will be no cuts in frontline services
Bristol Evening Post, 9 December 2009
That makes things pretty clear then.
Bristol City Council management have submitted there final HR proposals for Caretaking Services… You can find them here (Click on caretaking halfway down the page).
What does this proposal mean:
Nearly All caretakers face a cut in pay and benefits.
These cuts range from approx 2.54% – 33.52% (£7,433). See appendix D of the report.
In fact these figures will be larger as the value of current benefits to residential staff is disputed. Management state the average difference between the figures they use and the real value is approx £800pa. This will be an immediate loss to affected workers that will not be recognised or protected.
No pay rise for three years.
This means roughly 50% of staff will not have had a pay rise for 6 years!!!
No residential caretakers in 2 areas, but in the other 11 areas there would be between 2 and 4.
The final decision will NOT be made by councillors, but by the head of paid service. (Is this the cabinet bottling out?)
Demoralised and unmotivated staff.
More chiefs and less Indians .
Caretakers and their families becoming further in debt and forced into bankruptcy.
Perhaps Helen could explain the subtle difference between her deliberate targeting and shafting of her lowest paid staff, the withdrawal of many of the services they provide and what she would consider to be an actual cut to a frontline services?
The women’s a bare faced liar. Let me repeat that again for the benefit of her lawyers. Helen Holland is a liar.
Worse, while this so-called Labour leader is pissing on the poor by cutting their wages and impoverishing them during a recession, she’s personally arranging a £400k slush fund so her new executive officer friends on six-figure salaries can have a conference and travel-abroad budget under the guise of ‘international marketing’ for the city.
After all, the executives who will benefit from Helen’s largesse, dumpy frump Bum Disease Ormondroyd and her sidekick – that copper from Sheffield who doesn’t know where Easton is – really deserve a £400k pot of money to play marketing with don’t they?
They’ve worked in Bristol for all of six months now, trousered the best part of £200k of our council tax between them and have managed to produce a new staff chart, dishing out new job titles and more money to the same old has-beens who have neither the intellectual capacity nor the training to do their jobs whatever they’re called. What productivity.
Helen, you’re fucking clueless. This is the biggest economic crisis of most our lives and your response is to cut the wages of the low-paid while aimlessly wittering on about marketing and inventing pointless job titles for pointless executives. Get a fucking grip or do us all a favour and resign now and take all your absurd sponging executives with you please.
Meanwhile, today’s Cancer carries a report from Lord Sainsbury’s Centre for Cities think-tank claiming the city could lose 20,000 jobs over the next three years depending on the severity of the recession.
The wonks also say, “The City Council’s response to the recession has been hesitant” and they require a “better understanding” of local economic conditions.
This of course has been refuted by the city council’s fantasist-in-chief, PR girl Carole Caplan.
Despite being demonstrably unable to accurately count the number of pavements on a small bridge, he blusters, “Whilst some of the data and information in this report is helpful and welcome, the claim that the city council has made a ‘hesitant’ response to the recession is totally unjustified and inaccurate – and not backed up by any kind of legitimate research.”
Unlike, presumably, the legitimate research that’s gone into the council’s brilliant recession-beating grand plan to spend £400k on hotels, flights and fine living for senior council executives to market the city abroad?
Caplan also conveniently forgets the comments (pdf) of his own finance chief, Carew Reynell, who openly admitted in December that he hasn’t bothered to do any work to “mitigate the impact of the recession.”
Calling the council’s attitude a “hesitant response” is generous. Those of us without the benefit of an expensive education and a well-paid job in a thinktank would just call it totally fucking useless.