Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Better deal for low paid public servants kicks in

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister
MP for Mt Albert


Hon Chris Hipkins
Minister of State Services

3 September 2018
PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
MEDIA STATEMENT



Better deal for low paid public servants kicks in

From today around 2000 core Public Service employees will be in a better position to make ends meet after receiving a new, 2018 Living Wage, hourly rate of $20.55, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today.

This follows the Government’s announcement in June that the new hourly rate - or annualised equivalent of $42,744, including full-time, part-time and casual employees, would be implemented as a one-off pay adjustment by 1 September 2018.

“Around 2000 low paid public servants are now better off as a result of this decision and they deserve this pay boost,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“This is about fairness. Everyone deserves to be paid a fair amount for the work they do, and to earn enough to have a decent standard of living.

“While we’re continuing to lift the minimum wage for all workers, our commitment to pay all public service staff at least the 2018 living wage is about leading from the front.

“I want the Government, in its role as employer, to be part of the solution to the imbalance in peoples’ pay.

“We have a wide programme of work to ensure those on lower and middle incomes start to see some of the benefits of a growing economy.

“More than 164,000 people will benefit from an increase to the minimum wage to $16.50 on 1 April 2018 and $20 an hour by 2021.

“We’ve also raised the incomes of 385,000 everyday families by on average $65 a week through the Families Package, approved major pay increases for mental health and education support workers in pay equity deals.

“Our decisions to stop performance pay to state sector CEOs and freezing MP pay this year were also part of our programme to focus on lower and middle income earners rather than those at the top,” Jacinda Ardern said.

In October 2017, some Public Service departments were identified as having employees with a pay rate below the living wage, Chris Hipkins said.

“Seven agencies implemented the new hourly rate from 1 July, seven will do so from today and three agencies will introduce the new rate this month, back dated to 1 July.

“Most of the workers are in jobs including clerical and administration workers, welfare workers, contact centre workers and assistant customs officers, and many of these departments have already adapted to this boost.”

In following years, the rate will negotiated between government employers and unions such as the New Zealand Public Service Association.

The Cabinet paper is here: http://www.ssc.govt.nz/proactive-releases

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The Elusive Charms Of Christopher Luxon


Well, the first 36 hours of viewing the Christopher Luxon selfie were always going to be the best, before the repetitions set in. We get it, already. He’s an extroverted/big ego/high achieving/God fearing/country music lovin’/family man who is not at all averse to mansplaining to little ladies like RNZ’s Kathryn Ryan what “technical” words like “productivity” actually mean. But wait, there’s more. National is back! Mind you, that’s not the Bad National of recent experience, but the Good National of days gone by... More>>




 
 

Luxon: A New National For New Zealand
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon has today announced a new National for New Zealand – a fresh, energised alternative government ready to deliver for Kiwis in 2023... More>>


Cancer Society: Hopes Final Pharmac Report Is Stronger

Today the delayed Interim Report was released by the Pharmac Review Panel. The performance of Pharmac and access to cancer drugs is a major concern for the Cancer Society... More>>


Defence: New Zealand Response To Assist Peace And Stability In Solomon Islands
The New Zealand government has announced that it will deploy Defence Force and Police personnel to Honiara to help restore peace and stability. “New Zealand is committed to its responsibilities and playing its part in upholding regional security,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.... More>>


CPAG: Child Poverty Monitor 2021 Highlights Persistent Inequities In Rates Of Child Poverty
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the release of the Child Poverty Monitor today, which shows that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, poverty reduction targets were largely on track for Pākehā children, however significant inequities remained for tamariki Māori, Pacific and disabled children... More>>


National Party: Bridges Appointed Finance & Infrastructure Spokesperson

Hon Simon Bridges is the National Party’s new Finance and Infrastructure spokesperson, National Leader Christopher Luxon announced today. “Simon has prodigious skills, incredible talent and the intellectual heft needed to excel as National’s Finance spokesperson,” Mr Luxon says.... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels