Govt welcomes court backing for 2.5% PS wage freeze

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Govt welcomes court backing for 2.5% PS wage freeze

The NSW Government has welcomed the decision by the Industrial Court of NSW to uphold its 2.5% wage freeze on the state’s public servants.

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The NSW Government has welcomed the decision by the Industrial Court of NSW to uphold its 2.5% wage freeze on the state’s public servants.

The NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Greg Pearce, said the decision meant the government could proceed with the 2.5% limit with the potential for higher pay based on pre-delivered productivity improvements.

‘This decision means we can proceed with our plans to give all public servants a minimum 2.5% pay increase this year,’ Pearce said.

Savings
 
‘Where public servants can show employee related savings they will be entitled to higher increases.’

‘In other words, we are bringing public service wages under control but ensuring that those who boost productivity and achieve savings can secure higher wage increases.’

Pearce said that without the wage freeze there would have been a $1.96b impact on the State’s Budget over the next four years.

Call off campaign
 
Pearce said unions should accept the Court’s decision and call off their current industrial campaign.

‘Industrial action will not achieve anything,’ he said.

‘The decision by the Industrial Court confirms that the government’s legislation is legitimate and we will proceed with this policy which is going to deliver real benefits for the State while ensuring public servants receive fair wage increases.’

Neither the NSW Public Service Association nor Unions NSW have yet commented on the decision.
 
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