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Government must reject across the board increase for public servants



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P A R L I A M E N T OF A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

MEDIA RELEASE . 22 FEBRUARY 1985

DAVID CONNOLLY,MP, SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Government must reject across the board increase for public servants

The Government should not support an across the board increase for all clerical grades in the public service at the re-opening of the case before the Full Bench," Shadow Minister for the Public Service, David Connolly,

said today. '

Mr Connolly said the revised submission to the Commission should be directed at establishing that there is a pay anomaly for the lower clerical levels as claimed by the APSA and ACOA.

"There is no evidence to support an across the board increase applying to all claerical grades including those with incomes of $40 000.

Mr Connolly said an across the board increase would have a disastrous effect on economic recovery as it would signal the go-ahead for a spate of similar union claims.

"Apart from the flow-on damage, the proposed 2% increase would cost an extra $70 million in wages alone.

"This figure is based on estimates supplied by the Public Service Board at the Commission's initial hearing.

"It includes a 2% increase worth $37.4m for the APS clerical group; $6.6m for Telecom employees; $16.2m for Australia Post and $0.44m for OTC.

"The Government's decision to support a 4.9% increase for APS engineers will cost a further $8.33m, bringing the total to $70m. " ,

Mr Connolly said this figure would obviously balloon if the Government accepted the ACTU proposal for a minimum 2% across the board tapering to 3.8% and "more" for the lower levels.

Contact: David Connolly or Toni Wren (062) 72 7087 or 6337

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