The Government’s decision to freeze the pay of many public sector workers has spilled into Parliament.
Greens and National put pressure on the Government during Question Time on Thursday. Ministers faced heat on the mounting bill for consultants, with the total cost increased under Labour despite attempts to bring it down.
Green Party public services spokesperson Jan Logie asked Finance Minister Grant Robertson whether he was “happy to grow the economy through astronomical levels of housing debt but not through higher wages for our teachers, our nurses, and our core public servants?”
Robertson wouldn’t answer that question, saying he rejected its premise.
For most Kiwi’s, earning $100k is a dream, so the Greens decision to back 100k gold plated public servant privilege feels like an odd ditch worth dying in.
The middle class Greens are connected at the woke hip with the PSA and Wellington elite unions so they can’t help but rush in to defend their ability to buy a do up in Khandallah.
The Greens are attempting to paint this freeze on 100k salaries as against nurses and teachers.
Some senior teachers, some senior nurses, but it’s mostly bureaucratic managers, hell, the way Labour has structured this will help those between 60k-100k in jobs we urgently need and those earning less than $60,000, (about a quarter of the state sector), will still be eligible for pay rises!
Last year the private sector saw a 2.5% pay rise, the public sector got a 3.9% pay rise so let’s drop the hysterics shall we?
I’m not sure how ‘But that $100k MSD Manager who spies on beneficiary Facebook profiles to see if they are in a ‘relationship’ won’t get a pay rise’ or ‘But that $100k WINZ Manager who turns down your benefit won’t get a pay rise’ is going to marshal much support.
Working class unions doing the coal face mahi like UTU will find solidarity amongst many, but well funded Wellington Public Service Unions with their plush holiday privileges, retirement funds and $100k pay packets are an odd victim to rush and support.
If only we cared about the poor in NZ as much as we do about property speculators untaxed gains and Wellington bureaucrats take home pay.
Helen Kelly would not have defended 100K pay packets.
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