Broken Promises and Second Class Workers

07 July 2016

Today's budget delivers a harsh blow to the State's Public Service and will impact on the delivery of important services to South Australians.

The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP, Treasurer, delivered the South Australian Government's 2016/17 Budget today.

PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin, Chief Industrial Officer Josie Barbaro and Manager Strategy, Policy Simon Johnson attended the Budget lock-up this afternoon.

It was announced that public sector wage increases will be capped at 1.5% per annum for the next three years. This would create a second class of Public Sector workers. This is completely unacceptable.

PSA General Secretary Nev Kitchin said;
“You cannot have a system where some public servants have been offered and accepted 2.5% annual wage increase over three years, but other public servants also working at the coalface of service delivery are told that 1.5% is the most they can expect.

“Today's revelation shows that the State Government's mantra of 'one Public Sector' is simply lip service and that workers delivering critical services to the South Australian public have been left out in the cold.”

The budget also announced the privatisation of the Lands Titles Office (LTO), which breaks a pre- 2014 election promise by Premier Weatherill of no privatisation of public services and assets.

Call it what you want, commercialisation is privatisation, and this is not good for LTO workers and the community who rely on the LTO to maintain the integrity of our world class lands title system and records.

The PSA will now undertake a detailed analysis of the Budget and issue agency specific PSA Information Updates.