Union dubs charity boss pay 'excessive'

A union has condemned as excessive the pay of charity bosses including Age Concern England's former director general who pocketed £117,488 in 2007/8.

Charity workers struggle on minimum wage while charity bosses pay soars
Charity workers struggle on minimum wage while charity bosses pay soars

Unite/CPHVA says the excessive City pay culture is seeping into the remuneration packages of charity bosses and should be curbed.

It points out that while chief executive pay soars by 6% a year, charity workers are struggling on wages just above the £5.80 national minimum wage.

A statement by Age Concern England and Help The Aged said: ‘Gordon Lishman, former director general of Age Concern England (which merged with Help The Aged in April 2009 to form a new charity) was paid £117,488 in 2007/8. His salary was in line with that expected for the head of a large national charity and was set after comparing to sector averages, including the CELRE (salary survey specialists) and Survey of Top 20 Charities in association with NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations).'


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