We need less civil servants, not the same number paid more

In what has become typical of Labour in the last 15 years, they have wanted to look after the state sector unionised workers before anyone else. I guess it makes logical sense when the vast majority of your support comes from affiliated unions…and the PSA is one of your recruiting grounds.

David Cunliffe has much to owe to the unions for supporting his leadership bid and now it is pay back with him promising $10,000 pay rises for the lowest paid civil servants.

The Government’s lowest-paid workers are being promised a $10,000-a-year pay rise under a Labour government.

However, the expected cost to the taxpayer of its proposed living wage remains unclear, with Labour claiming extending it to the core public service would cost $30 million a year and National putting it at $68m.

David Cunliffe reiterated his commitment to the wage yesterday and used one of his first major speeches as Labour leader to outline his vision for his first 100 days in government, if elected next year.  

John Key must be salivating…he is going to get to use his infamous “Show m the Money” line over and over again as Labour continues to rack up multi-billion dollar promises all over the economy.

People though must wonder why the state sector always gets looked after first by Labour. Well when union membership in the state sector is much higher than the private sector you can understand why Labour is sucking up to state sector unions.

But the real problem is this…we actually need less civil servants not the same ones paid more.

Why on earth would private sector workers vote for a government that wants to paid the already lazy and ineffective civil service even more, specially when they are promising the living wage for the state sector and only a small increase in the minimum wage for the private sector?

Labour has promised to up the minimum wage from $13.75 an hour to $15, which would increase on an annual basis, and implement the living wage of $18.40 an hour for the core public service.

Based on a 40-hour working week on the living wage, an employee would earn $38,272 before tax, compared with $28,600 on the current minimum wage.

The median income across the entire state service as at June last year was $57,560 while the average was $67,119.

On top of that they are looking to price youth workers out of the market entirely.

Cunliffe promised to scrap the youth wage, calling it discriminatory, to look at remissions on student loans to encourage selected professions into the regions and to try to extend paid parental leave from 14 to 26 weeks in his first term.

Who would employ a young person when you have to pay them at least the minimum wage, or if they are going to work in the state sector, the so called living wage.

What Labour doesn’t realise is that these policies will tank NZ manufacturing…I know of one manufacturer, with offshore operations in Asia, who only survives because of their offshore operations. They will close the remaining NZ based manufacturing almost instantly if the living wage and increases in the minimum wage are implemented. 250 Kiwis will lose their jobs but 600 asians will gain at their offshore factories.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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