ANALYSIS PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS: Diagnosis of Public Service: Unloved, Underpaid and Overworked ; as the Audit Commission Reports an Exodus of Staff in Education, Health and Local Government We Examine the Lot of the Public Worker
Clement, Barrie, The Independent (London, England)
TOWN HALL WORKERS
Lowest pay: median starting salaries for cleaners and domestic assistants pounds 9,000.
Top pay - chief executives of large councils pounds 130,000-plus
SEVEN OUT of 10 local government workers have considered leaving their jobs and four out of 10 had done so "seriously", an unpublished NOP poll commissioned by the public service union Unison shows.
More than 58 per cent felt "undervalued", 45 per cent were dissatisfied with their pay, 42 per cent complained about a lack of resources to do their jobs and 42 per cent bemoaned a lack of promotional prospects.
Deeply worrying for some is the increasing involvement of the private sector, which undercuts local government wages. Some public- sector workers transferred to private contractors have seen their pay driven down because of loopholes in the law.
After constant complaints about the effects of compulsory competitive tendering introduced by the Tories, the Government launched a "best value system", which was meant to take into account the quality of work performed. That has failed to get rid of the "cowboys", according to Unison, and the Government is being urged to introduce measures to abolish the "two- tier" workforce. …