Freeze to save Govt $518m

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

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.

Pic­ture: Sharon Smith

Mark McGowan on the first day back in Par­lia­ment.

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