Harrow Unison, the union for council workers, is outraged at the slashing of Early Intervention Service funding, as reported by iharrow previously, especially coming so fast on the heels of a 14% pay rise for a Head of Service and a £6k pay hike for a DASS Officer.
Not stopping to mince words, it’s clear there’s no love lost for Council leader Cllr Sachin Shah, who has led the council for just a few months. Rumours are abound that the honeymoon period for Cllr Shah is now well and truly over.
Here’s Unison’s letter to it’s members in full:
Harrow Unison LG writes to you all regarding the recent unacceptable behaviour of the London Borough of Harrow (Council) it is now evident that we are not all in it together. The simple fact that the Senior Officers keep belly aching about the need to save money is no more than a farcical situation.
The Senior Officers those at the high end of the pay structure keep dipping into the cookie jar whilst they desire to enact pay reductions downgrading and redundancies to the council’s workforce. The latest debacle is the 14% wage increase for a Head of Service and a £6,000 pay hike for a DASS officer, yet in contrast they desire to enact a downgrading on the EIS team and making the Kenmore NRC team potential redundant, to pay for their luxury lifestyle which is ever increasing.
The latest figure from the Income Data Service identify bosses salaries have surged by 21% last year despite workers’ salaries struggling to outstrip the country’s 1.5 per cent rate of inflation. Any attempt to downgrade staff will be met with stiff opposition, and has all the known characteristics to enact formal action, which is a last resort. However the actions of the leader of Harrow Council to agree this wage hike identify a leader with no direction or leadership presence. Maybe he is quite comfortable having his photo taken around the services of the council without realising what the working class actually do?
It appears our Labour Group Leader is more interested in enlarging the pay differential and enjoys watching workers being downgraded yet conducting the same role for less money. Unison is absolutely disgusted, by the rhetoric, of the constant statements “How can we save money” when staffs are met by these individuals. Well Unison has the answer Mr Shah, stop favouring the pay increases at a senior level; believe it or not you were elected as a Labour Councillor not for the Conservative group.
We also ask what has happened since you took office, pay increases for senior staff, no responses to the Trade Unions (letters) and supporting senior bullies, where do you actually believe the Labour Party derived from Mr Shah, you’ve got it, yes the Trade Union Movement, those that fought and continue to fight for the working class, yes it appears you’ve got it wrong again by your actions!
Let’s return to a Labour Group and Leadership that listened to the People “Remember the Bridge” Mr Shah, oh sorry that was the previous leader.
Harrow Unison LG, Branch Executive Committee
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