Thursday, October 11, 2012

Equality of sacrifice? Yeah, right

The government says that times are tough. As a result, public servants have been facing cuts, layoffs, and a pay freeze for the past three years. but not everyone is suffering. Their CEOs, for example, got tens of thousands of dollars extra last year in pay rises:

Across the Government's 15 ministries and six departments, 16 chief executives received increases in their income.

The average movement in base salary for chief executives in the state services who have held the same position for 12 months or more was 2.7 per cent.

The average base salary increase across the public service was three per cent, although 21 per cent of the chief executives across the wider public sector received no pay increase over the last year.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. If CEO's think that public service pay must be frozen, then perhaps they should lead from the front and accept a freeze or cuts in their own outrageous pay and conditions. And if they're not willing to accept that, then we can hardly take them seriously when they demand it of others.