Next thing, they will make brown cardigans mandatory again for civil servants

Labour seems intent on bringing back the ‘Gliding On’ civil servant mentality again.

They want to give civil servants a haircut on their pay. I bet all those Labour and Green voting civil servants weren’t expecting that for Christmas with their new government:

The Government is considering law changes to control top public sector pay, after it emerged another major organisation had ignored advice and hiked its chief executive’s pay.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes revealed the Accident Compensation Corporation board, headed by Dame Paula Rebstock, had gone against his advice when it awarded chief executive Scott Pickering a $20,000 pay increase, almost three times what was recommended.

Pickering, who now earns around $830,000-$840,000, was given a $50,000 payrise in 2016.

In his report on chief executive pay across the public sector, Hughes named the organisations which had ignored his advice for the first time, and warned the boards of the companies who did so risked their positions.

“Crown entities who choose not to follow State Services Commission advice with respect to the chief executives’ remuneration are now identified in this report. This information can inform Ministers’ decisions about the tenure of board members,” Hughes said.

“The upward trajectory of chief executive salaries in the State sector, in particular some Crown Entities, is not sustainable and it’s time for change.”

Sounds very threatening. If upward trajectory is not sustainable and it is a time for change, that means pay cuts.

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins would not comment on individual pay increases, but said the Labour-led Government had asked for advice on its options to control the growth and was not ruling out a cap on pay if it needed to.

“I’m not convinced that the current regulatory and legal regime around chief executive pay is sufficient to constrain what has been quiterampant growth at the top of the state sector,” Hipkins said.

“The current Government is very concerned about salary growth at the top end of the public sector.We don’t think that’s justified. We want to see a closing of the gap between high and low income earners and the public sector should be leading by example.”

More threats. It seems that the public sector is in for some nasty shake ups as Labour tries to get the numbers to work for “child poverty” which is calculated on average wages. A fast way to get that average sorted is to give civil servants a haircut. Hipkins has said as much by saying that he wants to close the gap between high and low income earners.

It may be that a “Gliding On” mentality will need to take hold again. There may well be a run on brown cardigans, tan walk shorts, yellow short sleeved shirts, walk socks and double zip Julius Marlow shoes in Wellington.




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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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