Workforce is valuable

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OPPOSITION Lib Dem councillors’ condemnation of Ashfield District Council’s apparent one-off £250 payment to its lower paid employees (Chad, 12th December) seems to be seriously off course.

Particularly when this action appears in full compliance with the Coalition Government’s decision to introduce and encourage local authorities to authorise this payment on a national basis.

For years, the poorest paid and other workers, in both public and private sector companies, have suffered financially from the mistakes and misjudgements of the controlling political elite. Perhaps, in times of prolonged economic austerity some have forgotten, failed to appreciate or understand that an organisations most valuable and important asset is, undoubtedly, its workforce.

Dave Shooter,

Sutton.