Freeze to save Govt $518m
Public servants will receive annual pay increases of $1000 under a new wages policy announced by Premier Mark McGowan last week.
The new policy, which replaces the previous limit of 1.5 per cent increases, will result in an extra $19.20 a week for public sector employees.
It is expected to save the budget $518 million over the next four years.
Mr McGowan said all new and replacement industrial sector agreements would be subject to the new policy from Friday, and comes amid a flurry of EBA renegotiations with public servants, police officers and teachers before the end of the year.
“Everyone across the community needs to share the load of repairing the damage to the State’s finances left behind by the Liberal National Government,” he said.
“Our new policy ensures everyone in the public sector is treated fairly and is a reasonable response given the current economic and financial circumstances.
“The State’s highest paid employees, including Members of Parliament, need to accept that they need to do some of the heavy lifting and lead by example.
“I’ll also be writing to Government Trading Enterprises indicating that the State Government expects all comparable positions to those covered by the Salaries and Allowances Tribunal will have a wage freeze imposed for four years.”
Mr McGowan also announced the State Government would introduce a wage freeze for WA’s senior public servants, politicians, local government chief executives and councillors.
Mark McGowan on the first day back in Parliament.