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  • "This is a golden opportunity for those councillors outside the 'Inner Circle' of Cabinet Members to show that they really are listening to the public and the 9,000 staff at Caerphilly council who are outraged by these obscene increases to senior managers at a time when workers wages are frozen for three years.

    So come on you Labour 'Back-benchers', stand up for what is right and show the people of Caerphilly county that you will not follow like lemmings and prove you have been elected to represent them and not blindly follow just a few of your ill advised Cabinet members who made this crazy decision.
    Now is the time for all councillors to have their say at a full 'open' council meeting."
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Caerphilly Plaid councillors will bid to stop big pay rises

First published in News

PLAID Cymru councillors in Caerphilly will try to reverse the decision to give top officers’ pay rises of up to 30%.

Under the authority’s constitution decisions cannot be rescinded for six months unless more than half the council – 37 members – support a move.

Members of the Plaid group meeting last night agreed to table a motion and urged Labour councillors to back the move.

There are 20 Plaid councillors and three Independent so at least 14 members of the ruling Labour group will also need to sign the motion.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid group, said: “We know that many Labour councillors are as disgusted as ourselves, council employees and the public over these ridiculous rises. We all feel hood-winked and, therefore, I appeal to Labour councillors to put party politics aside and support this motion for the good of the council’s reputation.

“I hope now that commonsense will prevail and these increases will be reversed.

“If Labour councillors are not prepared to stand up against this ludicrous decision then we will find another way of calling an extraordinary meeting of the council.”

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