Yes, I think that's the rub. Aren't people who are made redundant legally entitled to some kind of settlement anyway? I doubt if many council workers will want to enhance that settlement via a substantial salary cut by some people who already fairly poorly paid. I know that amongst retired teachers there is a little bit of ill feeling about older teachers whose early retiremnet package was additionally enhanced with a voluntary severance payment. Mind you, I'm not absolutely sure what was being proposed. Anyway, it's been thrown out by the unions amidst a chorus of derision. People are genuinely angry about this, especially when they think back to the retirement package given to Douglas Paterson, the author of Aberdeen's bureaucratic triple nightmare in education.