Huge pay rises – taxpayer funded

The Herald reports:

About 55,000 low-paid workers, mainly women, are about to get one of the biggest pay rises ever after details of a historic settlement are revealed today.

The deal will cost the Government over $500 million a year when fully implemented in five years, assuming it is signed off by union members and the Cabinet.

That is a lot of money. It is around a third of the annual operating allowance for new spending in any one year.

The settlement will mean hefty pay increases from July in three government-funded service sectors that employ mainly women on low rates: aged residential care, home support, and disability services.

The Herald understands that for the primary litigant, rest home caregiver Kristine Bartlett, it will mean an increase from about $16 an hour to about $23 an hour – more than 43 per cent.

The deal allows for annual increases over five years to $27 an hour.

Overall, pay rises will range from $3 an hour to $7, depending on the work and experience.

Labour and Greens have pledged to keep crown spending to under 30% of GDP. This extra $500 million a year in spending will mean they have $500 million a year less for their promises.

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