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SALFORD MAYOR IAN STEWART IN INSENSITIVE STATEMENT SHOCK
 

Star date: 11th October 2012

INCREDIBLE INSENSITIVE SALFORD MAYOR STATEMENT

Salford Mayor, Ian Stewart, tonight put out an ill timed press release saying he will "show the Coalition [Government] that there is an alternative way to deal with the economy without continually attacking the living standards of working people…"

...This on the same day that news broke about Salford Council imposing wage cuts on its own workforce…

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Tonight Salford Mayor Ian Stewart put out an incredibly ill timed, insensitive press release about `speaking up for Salford people'… "to show the Coalition that there is an alternative way to deal with the economy without continually attacking the living standards of working people and the most vulnerable in society."

The Mayor's press office put this release out on the same day that news broke of Salford Council imposing wage cuts on its own workforce – who could face the sack if they don't accept new pay scales (see Salford Star article - click here). 

In what will be seen as a total piece of hypocrisy, the Mayor added…"I want to work together in partnership with Trade Unions in Salford to mitigate the worst of the cuts and help working people weather the economic storm. This collaborative partnership could include action such as establishing a Salford Employments Standards Charter, leading to the introduction of a living wage as a first integral step…"

According to Salford Council's own figures, by the end of 2015-16 over half of Salford Council employees would receive less wages, rising to 58% by 2017/18. A press statement released tonight by Salford City UNISON, GMB and UNITE the Union - the unions which represent Salford Council staff - adds that a street cleansing worker who currently earns £16,830 a year would stand to lose over £1000 a year under the proposals. So much for the Mayor's efforts to "help working people weather the economic storm".

The unions press statement on the Council's wage cut proposal adds… "This is not about meeting Government savings targets. Salford City Council has lent twice as much money to Salford City Reds and Peel Holdings than it intends to save under these proposals. This is not about fairness. There is no mention of any cuts to the salaries of Senior Management or Politicians."

The Mayor's statements came in an announcement that he would be joining the TUC March For A Future That Works in London on 20th October.

"I will be joining the TUC march to add my voice to the thousands in Salford who are feeling the harsh effects of the Coalition's double dip recessions" he says "I encourage as many residents, families and workers in Salford to join me on the march. I want to work with Trade Union members to protect public services and jobs from the worst effects of the Coalition's cuts."

Perhaps Mr Mayor should start on his own Town Hall doorstep…

Photo by Gareth Lyons

ian wrote
at 19:07:39 on 07 November 2012
I didn't notice that Stewart was or is an economist he is just a Salfordian that "got lucky" by being voted in my the plethora of Labour voters within the city I do think that the other candidates were more intelligent and have more to offer. Salford still hasn't seen any substantial proposals to deal with issues that the residents desire. WHAT IS STEWART DOING!!..Perhaps his way forward would be to bloat the council building even further with more employees with little to do and achieve, I hear the words "time and motion and targets! where are they Mr Mayor?? Some one should really explain to him that redundancies are necessary and also a reduction in wages in order to create a cost worthy council just like lets say Trafford for instance who’s residents pay considerably less council tax and they don't seem to have an issue with maintenance of areas within the borough, unlike Salford. Stewart should not be wasting time speaking to Unions to attempt to retain jobs, this wasn't what he was elected for...Stewart, get on with what matters and be accountable and transparent in your dealings and stop being derogatory to the coalition who are incidentally doing a good job in difficult times and by the way lets not forget it was Labour who had the power at Parliament prior to the coalition and I do believe there was no money left…..I wonder why!! I can see unfortunately Labour never learn from their mistakes. Do something worthwhile Stewart !!
 
Tony D wrote
at 18:40:09 on 15 October 2012
There is only one outcome if you steer a ship towards an iceburg Mr Mayor.
 
Dave Lister wrote
at 15:09:09 on 12 October 2012
If the Council is basing the cuts on "Equal Pay", how have they got away with unequal pay for the past 4 years when the first pay "interim" change occurred?
 
wrote
at 15:09:03 on 12 October 2012
Mr Mayor, A(sorry)Salford tale "In Salford" -work youself into the ground for pennies, let your employer cut your wages -but thats ok because you can go cap in hand like the beggars of yesteryear to claim a means tested benefit for working??? WFTC,Housing benefit, Council Tax rebate?? And for heavens sake dont you dare tell anyone youre claiming it-for fear of being labelled a scrounger- chin up, just pretend you and your family manage just fine, thank you sir, on your pittance. Dont blame the city bosses though, according to them its never been their fault-its always somebody elses. Theyve wasted millions on non consultations,failed regeneration programmes, taken out a massive pfi loan-of course you dont mind paying it back do you, theyve sold on or outsourced nearly all the housing stock while subbing or lending massive amounts of your money to large corporations. Taxes on just about everything are rising, food, petrol, utilities, vat. Are we heading for a winter of discontent? Oh, and a very warm welcome to Salford-the land of the working poor-
 
A.Clarke wrote
at 15:07:11 on 12 October 2012
At a question time prior to the mayoral election organised by the Manchester Evening news I asked "how much is all this going to cost us ratepayers"...no answer.. now we know why...all that has happoened is that the usual suspects have got a very nice increase in unearned income..scrotes
 
A.P. wrote
at 10:45:27 on 12 October 2012
Mayor Greedy Bastard Stewart wants booting back into the slime he crawled from . New word for Greedy Stewart : Kickupthearseisation . What a rotton bastard Stewart is .
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 10:05:26 on 12 October 2012
LABOUR VOTERS WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!?
 
David Broome wrote
at 22:05:45 on 11 October 2012
The man is a clown, looking afteer himself, that's politics and local goverments for you. What is he going to do now, retract his statement and reverse decisions, like the Cons. Just a joke.
 
Peter A Tully Snr wrote
at 20:25:40 on 11 October 2012
What a total NOB! Mr high and mighty is talking out of his ar*e as he normally does. Stewart should stand down now before he leaves Salford totally cocked up. Maybe Peel Holdings will give him a job cleaning the sh*t out of the ship canal.
 
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