Key announces MP pay cut – public sector unions pucker up

A move to rein in politicians’ pay doesn’t give moral authority to the Government in upcoming pay negotiations, public sector representatives say.

Prime Minister John Key will use urgent legislation to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act as a result of anger at the size of MPs’ pay increases.

MPs’ pay will now be pegged to the average public sector pay increase for the previous year.

That means the latest pay rise will now be between 1 and 2 per cent – with the Government taking more advice before revealing the exact amount.

Richard Wagstaff, the Public Service Association national secretary, said 40,000 members in bargaining this year earn a lot less than those in Parliament.

“I think it is a political distraction what the PM says … now they think they have the moral authority to tell everyone else, no matter how badly paid, they don’t deserve a pay rise.”

PPTA president Angela Roberts said teachers’ pay had not kept pace with inflation.

“[MPs] have basically kept up with inflation, and what they’re saying is they’d like to keep up. We have a hefty catch-up before we can go into the future with a keep-up [pay-rise].” Read more »


Random Impertinent Question of the Day

What major union wrote in their recently published annual report under the heading 2014 General Election?

“The union (name left out purposely) lent significant financial and in-kind support to the CTU” (Reference Page 9 of the report).

But the CTU does not get involved in campaigning right?

They do not support Labour right?

They do not support the Greens right?

The union in question does not tell its members how to vote right?   Read more »


Neutral public service? Not any more

This is an email being sent to PSA members this morning.

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Winston Peters, Maori TV and the stitch up, ctd


The other week I brought you a couple of posts about a little known Maori trust that has had a few problems with how it spends $30million in taxpayer money, thanks to a couple of so-called whistleblowers.

As a result, the Ministry of Health that funds the trust, along with PWC auditors and the SFO have been crawling over Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust’s files with a fine tooth comb.

When you have so-called whistleblowers, one thing you can be sure of is that somewhere along the line it will all end up at the Employment Relations Authority, with one party wanting a pay-out, and the other party essentially having to pay them off.

And a Te Roopy Taurima O Manukau Trust is no exception to the rule. Read more »

Winston Peters, Maori TV and the stitch up, Ctd


Further to the post showing a stitch-up involving Winston Peters, Maori TV and Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust, it’s also worth looking at the role of Richard Wagstaff and the PSA, who has a right bee in his bonnet about the trust’s CEO Malcolm Robson and has been calling for his head.

Many would wonder what beef the PSA’s national secretary Richard Wagstaff could have with the trust, especially as most of the trust’s 500 staff are actually members of the PSA.

The stitch-up of the trust is more personal.

Information through to the tip-line is saying that Robson has pushed back hard on several wage demands from the PSA.  Read more »

Another David Cunliffe “on the hoof” policy revealed


MBIE staff are part of the PSA strike action today. They have concerns about their pay, and find the 2.1% offer insufficient. David Cunliffe tells them not only that their salaries should be linked to GDP, he’s also suggesting it is paid in advance on forecast GDP growth.

Is this just plain economic illiteracy?

Does he still just think he can say things and it won’t be analysed, pulled to bits and exposed for all to mull over?

Like a Capital Gains Tax, I am a firm believer that if you tax or reward on gains/increases then like night follows day, pay and taxes should decrease on falls or losses.

Will Cunliffe commit to pay cuts for civil servants if there are forecast contractions in GDP?

There are so many things wrong with this – not least the rule that politicians don’t involve themselves in pay rounds!


Ground Crew report on PSA “strike”



About 300 of them noisy as….

Bastards are lucky to have a job.

But I cant say much being a public sevant and all


PSA ready to strike? Must be an election year with National in Government


It’s so predictable.

I’m sure we’ll have the NZEI and PPTA conjure up some industrial action during the election also.

Although I like the sign that says (at first glance)  PUBLIC SERVICE – SLAVE LABOUR

Perhaps we need a sign that says  PUBLIC SERVICE not NATIONAL TREASURE

Come on you lot, if you picked a different year and a different time of year, at least we would be able to believe it was anything but politically motivated.

Oh, what am I saying?  The Public Service is politically neutral!  / TUI

PSA hits members with 11 &12% increases on enjoyment – Observation by the Owl

The PSA Union have increased their rates on their holiday homes to members with a whopping 11% and 12% increase..

While crying living wage inequalities and the poverty gap arguments – the PSA Union show their true colours by hitting the union members with large increases almost 4 times the CPI.

Now holiday homes are now getting out of reach for the average union member. (Source PSA website)

Location  Sleeps Now 1-Apr-14 Increase % Increase
Whitianga 2 $62.00 $69.00 $7.00 11%
Whitianga 3 $72.00 $80.00 $8.00 11%
Whitianga 5 $82.00 $91.00 $9.00 11%
Whitianga 7 $113.00 $125.00 $12.00 11%
Rotorua 4 $46.00 $51.00 $5.00 11%
Rotorua 4 $49.00 $55.00 $6.00 12%
Rotorua 5 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Raumati 5 $56.00 $62.00 $6.00 11%
Raumati 5 $72.00 $80.00 $8.00 11%
Raumati 7 $82.00 $91.00 $9.00 11%
Nelson 5 $56.00 $62.00 $6.00 11%
Carters Beach 5 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Otematata 6 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%
Te Anau 6 $51.00 $57.00 $6.00 12%

The PSA is another union well past its use by date.    Read more »

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