I have submitted another FoI request to North Lanarkshire Council asking for information about the Council's controversial 'bonus' scheme or 'performance pay' scheme which is reserved for its highest paid officials.
Now I'm pretty sure these payments are counted as part of 'normal pay' for chief officials in North Lanarkshire.
If so, this means the payments will get taken into account for pensions purposes as well as being paid as normal during holidays and periods of annual leave.
For example, the chief executive's salary in 2012/13 was effectively £136,473 plus a performance bonus of £11,039.20 or a grand total of £147,512.20 which would be paid, presumably, in 12 monthly payments throughout the year.
In other words £12,292.68 every month - or £2,836.77 for 52 weeks of the year.
The key point being that if the chief executive's salary does not fluctuate during the working year, and go down during holidays periods, then surely the same should be true for the rest of the Council workforce?
So let's see how the Council responds to my latest FoI request, but to be honest I'm amazed that the trade unions have allowed council employers to get away with this practice of not paying people for regular overtime, or shift working and so on.
Because that's certainly not how things used to be in my time and I don't recall any big union campaigns or threats of industrial action being made in recent years - to stop the employers in their tracks.
15 September 2014
North Lanarkshire Council
BY E-MAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Mr Whitefield
I would like to make the following request under the Freedom of Information Scotland Act 2002.
I enclose the following entry to the Council's web site by way of background and the my information request relates to the Council's 'performance pay' scheme for senior officials or managers.
1 Please confirm whether the council's performance pay scheme resulted in payments to chief officials in the year 2013/2014.
2 If so, please confirm the amounts paid along with the names and job titles of the senior officials involved.
3 Please confirm if the payments made under the scheme are taken into account for superannuation or pension purposes.
4 Please confirm if the payments made under the scheme are regarded as 'normal pay' and paid as a proportion of salary during holidays and periods of annual leave.
I look forward to your reply and would be grateful if you could respond to me by e-mail to: email@example.com
Extract from North Lanarkshire Council's web site
Gavin Whitefield CBE, Chief Executive
The Chief Executive within North Lanarkshire is the council's chief policy advisor. He is the main link between council officials and elected members. He is responsible for corporate governance and seeks to ensure the co-ordination of the organisation and all its functions. Of primary concern to the Chief Executive is the overall direction and performance of the council.
Salary 2012/13: £136,473 (plus performance-related pay of £11,039.20)