Monday 21 June, 2021
STATEMENT: Quotes attributable to Rikki Hendon, Branch Secretary of the CPSU/CSA
WA Union welcomes NSW Public Sector workers pay increase
The NSW government has announced a 2.5% pay increase for all public sector workers, now making WA’s $1000 Wages Policy one of the lowest in the country.
The increase comes off the back of a bumper post-Covid economic recovery, with public sector Unions welcoming the investment in some of the state’s most important workers.
WA’s CPSU/CSA Branch Secretary Rikki Hendon says the increase sends an important message to our own Premier.
“Mr. McGowan's Wages Policy is not only eroding the fundamentals of Union bargaining, it is unjustifiable and unsustainable in a state that is set for a multibillion-dollar surplus,” she said.
In a recent survey of public sector workers, over 50% say their cost-of-living increases this year have been significantly more than what Wages Policy offers.
“In a booming post-Covid WA recovery, the Premier is essentially sending thousands of his workers’ pay backward and that has a significant knock-on effect on spending for the private sector too.
“We hope Mr. McGowan follows suit of Premier Berejiklian and finally recognises the worth of his workers and the important services they provide for the WA community."
• The CPSU/CSA has coverage of over 36,000 general public sector workers in WA.
• The Public Sector survey was commissioned from 1 June to 18 June 2021 with over 2000 responses.