Caerphilly Plaid councillors will bid to stop big pay rises

9:47am Tuesday 18th December 2012

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Under the authority’s constitution decisions cannot be rescinded for six months unless more than half the council – 37 members – support a move.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