Airdrie and Shotts MSP Alex Neil has called for the abolition of big bonuses for top officials in North Lanarkshire Council after they failed to pass test for “Investors in People.”
Mr Neil said that a recent report which the council has failed to make public slammed the Council for its:
• Lack of effective leadership
• Team development
• Meeting learning and development needs
• Providing fair and equal access to support and opportunity to learn
The people responsible for these failures are the very people who got a total of nearly £200,000 in “Performance Related Pay” whilst nearly all the other employees have had a real cut in their wages.
Mr Neil added:
“This report gives the lie to the idea that North Lanarkshire Council is being fairly run. It also leaves the Council Leader Jim McCabe with egg all over his face on this issue. He has put the Council in the ridiculous position of paying out these massive bonuses as a reward for failure.
The SNP will abolish these payments if we get control of the council after the elections on 3rd May. It is absolutely unacceptable that most employees in the council are having their wages frozen, which is a real time cut, whilst those already on over £100,000 a year are getting Jackpot payments. No wonder they don’t meet the “Investors in People” standards.
It’s time that McCabe and his cronies started looking after the ordinary workers in the Council who are providing the front line services, many of whom are furious at the extortionate pay-outs to the highest paid officials when many of them are struggling to make ends meet..
Clearly Mr McCabe isn’t fit to govern and the quicker he is removed from office the better.”