Thursday, 16 June 2011
"Legislation to cap public sector wage increases at 2.5 per cent passed the Upper House yesterday and is expected to be finalised in the Lower House this afternoon."
Premier Barry O'Farrell's announced "the cap will also apply to him and all other state MPs."
Yeah, and pigs will take to the air in squadrons.
Does the Grand Poo Bah of the State Coalition Government think that we eejit voters don't realise that an act of Parliament sets NSW MPs basic wage at $500 less than that awarded to Federal MPs and that these two wages rise in tandem.
I'm sure we've not forgotten that the cream in these remuneration packages are in the extra salaries for offices held (along with expense allowances) which in Bazza's case tops up his $136,140 basic parliamentary salary by at least another $189k. And that's without his electoral allowance thrown in.
Just as I'm sure that the average public hospital nurse, teacher, ambulance officer or fireman will be most unimpressed by this hypocritical 'wage restraint' of Bazza's part.
How much does a full-time registered nurse earn again? That's right - around $72k per year. Public school teachers get a bit less.
And a full-time assistant in nursing? Well he or she gets about $45,445 annually.
Somehow I think pegging their wage increases will have more effect on their personal hopes and dreams than Bazza's pretend salary cap on have on his life after politics in the private sector.
Pic from ABC NEWS