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Varney takes voluntary pay cut for Revenue job

David Varney, the newly appointed head of HM Revenue & Customs, has turned down the most lucrative salary package the civil service could offer in an attempt to lessen potential conflicts with the unions.

Link: mmO2 chairman gets Revenue/Customs job

The current chairman of mobile phone giant, mmO2, accepted £130,000 rather than the £250,000 offered by Gordon Brown knowing that the unions would be outraged with such a figure at a time when 10,500 jobs are to be culled across the department, reported The Guardian.

‘He thought it would send out the wrong message if he was earning top whack as a result of that,’ one government source told the newspaper.

Varney has already had his fingers burned over remuneration disputes. While chief executive of BG Group, workers at its offshore facilities voted to strike over a pay deal that saw them offered a 3.2% rise, while Varney himself received a 4.9% increase.

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