Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley has slammed Councillor Bob Proudfoot over comments he made on a staff pay rise.
Council has voted to provide in principle support for a pay rise for staff with the General Manager to further investigate what the best options would be.
Councillor Proudfoot raised concerns about ratepayers having to fork out additional money as well as working conditions and training programs.
The Mayor disagrees.
"I think that Councillor Proudfoot has actually lost the plot", Councillor Findley said.
"Councillor Proudfoot claims to be the savour for the workforce and wants the workforce conditions to improve, but one of the best conditions that you can offer a workforce regardless is an improvement in their wages", she said.