London Assembly Members have unanimously called on City Hall Chief Executive Leo Boland to revisit an across the board pay freeze and implement a “modest” increase for the Greater London Authority’s lowest paid staff.
A motion agreed by the Assembly this morning calls on Boland to give the 58 City Hall staff earning less than £23,000 pa a 4% pay increase, a move which AMs heard could cost around £50,000 to implement.
Darren Johnson AM, who proposed the motion, said: “At a time when the Mayor is defending bankers who award themselves bonuses most of us can only dream of, it would be miserly in the extreme to freeze the pay of our lowest paid staff.”
“These are the people who keep City Hall running and, like so many lower paid Londoners, face the biggest impact from rising prices, VAT increases and the Mayor’s own inflation busting fare rises. It would cost less than two tenths of one percent of the total salary budget at City Hall to pay for this modest rise, that’s less than chicken feed by Boris Johnson’s standards.”
The motion was seconded by LibDem AM Mike Tuffrey who commented: “Whilst our Chief Executive has a responsibility to be frugal with public money, he also has a duty of care for the staff he employs and to remember the financial pressures faced by those at the lowest end of the pay scale not earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.”
The motion was agreed at a meeting of the full Assembly on Wednesday morning.