Spot on Cameron

Cameron Brewer is spot on in challenging Len Brown over his idiot support of the living wage.

If he wants to introduce the living wage then he should cut services elsewhere, he won’t instead he will sock ratepayers again.

Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer says Mayor Len Brown needs to get the fat council salaries under control first and foremost before he puts his hand out for even more money from the poor old suburban ratepayers with his recent promise of introducing a Living Wage at Auckland Council.

“Our wage bill is growing significantly every year and it’s now at $702m for 10,616 staff. Let’s focus on managing that before even digging even a bigger hole for ratepayers to fill. 

“It’s totally out of whack that the number of Auckland Council staff (including the CCOs)  earning more than $100,000 has increased by 20.4% in the past 12 months to 1,510 people at 30 June 2013,” Mr Brewer says.

The latest Annual Report also reveals that the total number of council staff earning over $200,000 is up another 15 people, now at 113. While the total number of council employees is up 459 from 10,157 to 10,616 in the past 12 months – outpacing overall increases in rates income.

The total annual wage and salary bill hit $693m in 2012/13 up from $655m on the previous financial year. It the current 13/14 year the staff bill will exceed $700m.

“Despite these out-of-control numbers, the Mayor and a majority of his centre-left councillors keep pushing management to adopt a Living Wage – a policy that is now estimated to cost the council at least another $3.75m each year.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.