Kirklees Council boss Adrian Lythgo spends £3,000 sending letter to staff ready to strike over cuts

If a union is communicating with staff about a strike then so should the council, they would be criticised if they ignored it.

Having worked in schools all my life I can tell you that its wrong the headteacher hires support staff but passes the buck to the council to get rid of them.


Union members pay to be a member. It's their own money that the union are using to communicate with them.

Kirklees are using tax payers money.

Majority of Kirklees tax payers aren't employed by Kirklees, even less are members of this union.

Councillors were handed iPads to communicate with Kirklees employees, at a cost to all tax payers.

In this day and age, with the type of communication technology available and already paid for, spending a further £3000 on sending letters out as a way of convincing employees that they're trying to save money is probably the most ironic thing I'll read for a long while.


Instead of contacting all employees Mr Lythgo could have done a number of things such as:

Using the blank pages on the pay slips to print his letter;

Getting Payroll to generate a list of those paying union dues;

Email - a huge proportion of employees have a Kirklees email address;

Voicemail - again many employees have mobile phones paid for by the council.

George Osborne has made further cuts to local authority budgets and Kirklees will probably continue to waste their budget on rubbish like this. I thought his background was finance so he should really know better.