Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dracula in charge of blood bank?

Further to my last post and with apologies for the cliche above, I think it is worth pointing out that the largest (Tory) political group on the employers' side in the negotiations which set the pay for a million local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has for the last year been led by the Leader of a County Council which opted out of the National Joint Council in 1990.

Indeed he is Vice-Chair of the local Committee which does set the pay of employees of Buckinghamshire County Council ("taking into account representations made by recognized Trade Unions and staff"). Although this patrician Tory and his opted out authority didn't leave the NJC in the interests of their workforce, this year they have paid an increase of 2.25%.

So if the council tax payers of Buckinghamshire can afford 2.25% in the opinion of their Council Leader, what does he have to say to the Leader of the Tory Group on the Local Government Association about their refusal to support an increased pay offer nationally, when he sees him in the mirror?

Or maybe it's true that Tories cannot be seen in mirrors? (It is Tories isn't it...?)

Hat tip to the Head of Local Government...

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