Update on pay talks for members (IV)
Talks on a successor agreement to LRA enter the second (and planned final) week today with pay, pensions, and recruitment and retention difficulties on the agenda.
Despite positive government comments about valuing the stability that comes with public service agreements and the value of public servants’ contribution to economic recovery there is no certainty that a potential deal will emerge this week.
Government negotiators are indicating there is little money available, especially next year. This needs to be resolved of all (or most) public servants are to be taken out of FEMPI over the course of a pay deal.
The government’s ‘productivity’ agenda also conflicts with restoration of income. Outsourcing and Saturday working without premium payments tabled this week would reduce incomes further not restore them and are unacceptable. Other demands being rehashed by government were not conceded in previous talks.
Today’s talks are due to consider pay and pensions.
Date: Monday, 29 May 17