Aug 6 2009 by John Rowbotham, Hamilton Advertiser
DETAILS of salaries said to be earned by South Lanarkshire Council’s senior management team have been placed on the Internet.
The data is contained in a mischievous eight-and-a-half-minute film posted on YouTube.
Thirteen top managers, among them chief executive Archie Strang, are named along with their annual pay grade for 2008-09.
Some of the council top brass are pictured and the film is accompanied by a commentary spoken in a ‘robotic’ American accent.
The speaker refers to “the disgracefully high salaries paid to each member of the gang of 13responsible for the day-to-dayrunning of South Lanarkshire Council.”
He adds: “Although the number 13 is usually considered to be unlucky for some, for these folks it certainly is not.”
According to the film, the salary bill for the 13 during the financial year commencing April 2008 was between £1,397,762 and £1,462,762.
It states that the average wage for the eight directors and five deputies was between £107,520 and £112,520 and claims that each received a salary increase of 4.65 per cent in just one financial year.
“This is far more than that which a public sector employee might expect to receive in any major round of pay bargaining, never mind as a matter of course,” adds the commentator.
He adds: “It is outrageous that any council worker should take home a salary as large as one of these, especially in the current economic climate and when so many ordinary, hard-working citizens are struggling to meet their council tax bills.”
A spokesman for the council said: “We have nothing to say except that the information contained in the film is already in the public domain.”
Stephen Smellie, secretary of South Lanarkshire UNISON branch, said the salaries of senior officials were based on a nationally-agreed formula.
They receive in addition wage increases negotiated by the trades unions.
Mr Smellie added: “I suppose you have to admire the creativity of the person who has put this together. They must have a lot of time on their hands.”
The YouTube posting is said to have been a ‘Clapmadug Public Info Film’.
It was placed on the video-sharing site on Monday by a user claiming to be in Germany.
As of yesterday (Wednesday), more than 300 had viewed the film and some had posted comments critical of the money paid to the senior officials.
The YouTube film claims the salaries of the council’s top team last financial year were:
Archie Strang, chief executive, £143,802 to £148,802.
Linda Hardie, executive director of finance and IT and deputy chief executive, £121,611 to £126,611.
Norrie Anderson, executive director of community resources, £115,078 to £120,078.
Alistair McKinnon, deputy executive director of community resources, £81,737 to £86,737.
Robert McIlwain, executive director of corporate resources, £115,078 to £120,078.
Jim Hayton, executive director of housing and technical resources, £115,078 to £120,078
Lindsay Freeland, deputy executive director of housing and technical resources, £88,982 to £93,982.
Harry Stevenson, executive director of social work, £115,078 to £120,078.
Tom Barrie, deputy executive director of social work, £88,982 to £93,982.
Larry Forde, executive director of education resources, £113,454 to £118,454.
Jim Gilhooley, deputy executive director of education resources, £88,982 to £93,982
Iain Urquhart (recently left the authority), executive director of enterprise resources, £115,078 to £120,078.