Wage policy won’t fix attraction and retention crisis

Responding to the NSW Government’s baseline wages offer of 9.5 per cent over three years,
plus a mandatory additional one per cent in superannuation, Unions NSW Secretary, Mark
Morey said:

“The NSW Government’s proposed minimum increases for public sector workers will not assist
in retaining existing staff, nor enable us to attract the workers we desperately need to fill
ongoing essential service vacancies.

“The inclusion of superannuation increases in the offer suggests workers are funding a
mandatory workplace entitlement which should actually be funded by the employer.

“Workers are already doing it tough as they grapple with the worst cost of living crisis in living
memory. The conditions required to access the $1,000 cost of living payment based on the
Sydney Consumer Price Index exceeding 4.5 per cent are designed to fail. This amount should
instead be rolled into the base pay of all public sector workers.

“Public sector unions are now consulting through their democratic structures to finalise their
position on this pay offer.”