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Reduction in city wages on the table as councillors meet at City Hall

Last Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 7:06 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The wages of city employees will be a big part of the conversation at City Hall Tuesday.

Three City Councillors have come forward with a plan for a five per cent rollback for all city workers including council and the mayor.

Ward 11’s Jeromy Farkas is one of the councillors behind the proposal and believes all methods to save money need to be on the table.

“Council needs to lead by example. We’re not asking anybody to do anything that we aren’t willing to do ourselves.”

One of the questions coming out of this debate will surely be if the city can actually make this happen.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he’s fine with asking employees to make less money but he has his doubts.

“I’m always happy to ask. Is it realistic? I don’t know.”

There is also a proposal to ask unions for a wage freeze in 2020 instead of a 1.5 per cent pay increase.

Councillor Sean Chu said he understands why many will be resistant to either plan.

“Of course, everyone wants an increase but at the same time, now is a different time. Today is a different time than last year and I think people see it.”

Council is discussing the changes after municipal funding was reduced in the 2019 provincial budget.

Council will begin discussions at 9:30 Tuesday morning.



With files from CityNews