Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


MPs pay rise hard to swallow

MPs pay rise hard to swallow

The Public Service Association says Parliamentary Services staff will find a pay rise for MPs particularly hard to swallow.

The Remuneration Authority has confirmed MPs are likely to receive a pay rise of 1.5% which will be backdated to July 1st, meaning they will end up with a lump sum payment worth thousands of dollars.

PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott says a thought needs to be spared for Parliamentary Services staff, many of whom work directly for MPs. They haven’t had a pay rise for three years and are currently battling to get an increase.

“They are consistently being told by Parliamentary Services that there is no money in the pot for pay increases yet MPs get a pay rise and a backdated lump sum without even trying. It’s an injustice which MPs should seek to remedy.”

The backdating of the increase also exposes a clear double standard.

“The days of backdated pay in the public sector are long gone with government departments being given a clear message not to backdate any pay increases agreed to in collective agreements. For that reason it is galling to see the Prime Minister and other MPs set to have their pockets lined with thousands of dollars in backpay.”

“While everyone deserves a pay rise, it doesn’t sit well to see MPs getting an increase while public sector workers have faced thousands of job cuts in the name of austerity, are constantly being told to tighten their belts and have to fight tooth and nail to achieve any wage movement at all.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news