Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Public service pay increases

Here's today's byline:
Public organisations have paid about $90 million to their chief executives in a year - with some receiving rises of more than 20 per cent, and one getting a 55 per cent increase.
Here's what Labour had to say on it:
Labour Party state services spokesman Chris Hipkins saw the increases as a "slap in the face" to public sector workers fearing redundancy amid the Government's public sector reforms.
"There does need to be restraint. It has got out of control and, at a local government level, I think some of these CEOs' salaries are very hard to justify."
Here's what Labour did in 2005:
Mr Rennie said the pay rises flowed through from a decision in 2005 to increase the overall funding for chief executives by 5 per cent a year for five years.
Of course 2012 is more than five years later than 2005.  And so one cannot blame Labour for this.  But Hipkins speaks with a forked tongue and out of both sides of his mouth when arguing for restraint in public sector pay rates.        

3 comments:

Bogusnews said...

Indeed, and there were many others much higher than that. I remember for example Christine Rankin was being paid $250K as head of Winz, within two years of Labour that post had increased to over $700K.

It was all part of the additional $16Bil we ended up spending on the public service for no useful benefit.

Psycho Milt said...

Between 2005 and now, something happened that caused a lot of people to change their views on big pay increases for chief executives. If it didn't cause National to change their views, more fool them.

Paulus said...

Hipkins - who is he ?

I assume that he has just change out of short trousers into long ones.

No wonder he does not have clue.
It suits enthusiastic Labour amateurs, like Shearer really.