Unison calls for pay rise for staff at Boston Borough Council
THE country's biggest public sector trade union Unison is calling for a rise in Boston council staff salaries following recent reports of increasing councillor allowances.
Boston Borough Council was the subject of national newspaper articles after the Taxpayers' Alliance claimed its councillors enjoyed the biggest percentage increase in allowances in the country between 2010 and 2012.
Unison regional organiser Catherine Mellors said: "This is rank unfairness.
"Whilst dedicated local government workers are struggling to cope with the impact, councillors are set to get a bumper increase."
Despite the increase Boston is still ranked below 418 other councils out of the 435 examined and still the lowest in Lincolnshire for the actual level of allowances.
A spokesman for Boston Borough Council said: "It would be quite wrong for the council to debate employee issues in public and we are very disappointed that Unison has chosen to air their concerns in the media and have provided inaccurate information.
"The financial position of the council remains challenging and all avenues of ensuring long term stability are being explored.
"Being a councillor requires people to give up their own time and take time off work to attend to council business and the allowances are awarded to reflect issues such as this."
As a result of the investigation The Daily Mail illustrated Boston at the top of its Dirty Dozen while the Sun dubbed the councillors as 'fat cats'.
Ms Mellors added: "It seems it's one rule for councillors and management and another rule for the staff.
"Paying local council staff would not only ease pain but would help get the local economy moving again.
"It is something the council could and should be doing as a matter of urgency."