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Council cuts are not fair

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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REGARDING your report concerning 75 jobs being axed as a cost-cutting drive by Neath Port Talbot Council (Post, Tuesday, September 25), what kind of Trade Union representatives are there within the council that they would agree to one section of the workforce being penalised with jobs losses in order to save council expenditure?

These people who lost their jobs were offered alternative employment and demotion, but they relied on the existing wages to pay mortgages and rents.

Now they have to take drastic wages cuts, thus causing much further poverty. No wonder the economy is a mess!

Where will the £447,000 saving be spent. To raise the profile of the council further I wonder?

To employ more head officers or to employ more contractors from further abroad than the Neath Port Talbot boundary?

Where were the Trade Union shop stewards in not negotiating fair play and enforcing cuts right across the board to include staff of a higher level than these manual working supervisors?

Derick Davies (director) seems to be missing the point — these demoted workers still have to live to a much lower standard.

Of course he is not affected by the cuts these workers have to endure due to his untouched, sky-scraping salary.

I do not suppose the shameful Trade Union representatives have to take cuts either.

If fair play was conducted right across the board it would only take less than a 4 per cent salary cut over a month to save far greater expenditure than this pilfering amount of £447,000.

And it would cause far less suffering.

Mel Thomas

New Road, Trebanos, Swansea

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  • sochat  |  October 10 2012, 1:28AM

    NPTBC pactice cronysm and nepotism on a grand scale.

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  • watchdog12360  |  October 04 2012, 8:06PM

    The Union are on the payroll that's why! The council pay their wages and provide the union accommodation - why not ask them.....

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