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Unison calls for all staff at Suffolk County Council to get pay rise in line with the chief executive's

PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 20:16 28 April 2016

Suffolk County Council's chief executive Deborah Cadman

Suffolk County Council's chief executive Deborah Cadman

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The union representing the largest number of staff at Suffolk County Council has called for all employees at the authority to be given the same pay rise as chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Ms Cadman was awarded a rise of nearly 8% by the authority’s staff appointments board on Wednesday.

Now UNISON’s regional head of local government Ann Glover said “We are pleased that Suffolk county councillors agree with UNISON that local government staff should be properly rewarded for their work.

“We eagerly await a similar pay rise being given to the council’s much lower paid staff in recognition of all their hard work to provide high quality public services to the people of Suffolk.”

The union’s regional organiser Sam Leigh said its members at the council had only had a 1% pay rise which amounted to 9p an hour in many cases.

She said: “They are working very hard and coping with reduced budgets as well, and they are saying that the 8% rise for their chief executive doesn’t sit very well with that.”

The pay rise for the chief executive will see the salary rise from £156,550 to £170,000 from May 1. That is still £48,000 less than the salary paid to Ms Cadman’s predecessor Andrea Hill when she was appointed in 2008.

The increase was approved by the board by three votes to one with one abstention.

The council defended the board’s decision. A spokesman for the authority said: “Suffolk County Council is committed to appropriate reward for staff in recognition of their hard work in serving the residents of Suffolk.

“We continue to review reward across the organisation in line with national benchmarks and negotiations.

“This review is undertaken in the context of affordability and the financial constraints that face local government to ensure that Suffolk taxpayers receive value for money.”

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