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Chief executives reject 'very disappointing' pay offer

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An offer of a 1% pay increase has been rejected by the Association of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers.

The offer covering just 2018-19 was made yesterday after a 2% pay rise in each of the next two years for most council workers was agreed by unions and employers.

LGC previously reported how Alace had submitted a 2% pay claim for 2018-19 and 2019-20 but a decision on that was delayed until negotiations with the unions over the pay deal for most staff had been concluded.

Alace chair Tracey Lee said: “We are very disappointed with the Employers’ offer because it treats chief executives less favourably than other staff in two respects – both in terms of the level of the offer, which represents a further, significant real terms cut in the value of our members’ pay, and because it is for one year only.”

Ms Lee, who is also chief executive of Plymouth City Council, said Alace’s claim “matched” the offer from the employers for most staff.

“Our claim made clear that the pressures facing heads of paid service in leading their organisations through very challenging times continue unabated,” she said.

“Chief executives are asked to provide leadership of the highest quality and resilience in transforming councils, delivering public service reform and securing economic and housing growth.”

Ms Lee said Alace has “informed the Employers that it does not accept the offer” and added the union has requested a meeting of the joint negotiating committee to discuss the matter further.

This comes as research by the TaxPayers’ Alliance showed there were at least 2,306 council employees on salaries above £100,000 in 2016-17 - 60 fewer than the previous year. Of that total, 558 people earned in excess of £150,000.

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