22 June, 2022
Increased pay gap announcement “not good enough”
On Monday, June 6, the NSW premier Dominic Perrottet announced a three per cent pay rise for all public sector workers, state-wide. However, not all public sector workers are cheering.
The NSW Teachers Federation have said the lifted
wage cap from 2.5 per cent was “not good enough”,
stating it “does nothing to address the teacher shortage
crisis facing NSW public schools”.
Gilgandra’s NSW Teachers’ Federation representative
Bree Patton said that the cost of living will rise
more rapidly than their wages.
“Inflation sits above five per cent. The teacher’s federation’s
claim of a 5-7.5 per cent pay increase is needed
to both reflect the complexities of the job for current
teachers, as well as encourage future generations to
enter into the profession,” said Miss Patton.
“We have to pay teachers what they are worth if we
are to get the teachers we need,” said central west organiser
for NSW Teachers Federation, Tim Danaher.
“What this government is asking teachers to do is
work 60 hours a week for a salary that goes doesn’t even
keep up with the cost of living.”
Mr Perrottet also announced in his press conference
that every frontline healthcare worker would get a
$3000 bonus, as a thank you for their contribution during
Also included was the announcement of
a one off $4.5 billion funding package for the health
sector, to be included in the upcoming state budget.
“It will make a real difference to ensure wherever
you live from the city’s to the ‘burbs to the bush, you’ll
have the best healthcare possible,” said Mr Perrottet.