They have a guaranteed incremental pay scale
and generous salaries.
I totally agree with letter-writer Carol McCord in the September issue of Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand ("Experienced nurse feels undervalued", p3) who argues the need for an incremental pay scale
for experienced nurses.
Will incremental pay scales
be in force for public employees and not for staff that sign contracts?
Rather than award a 1% pay increase across the board, the government has given a 1% non-pensionable increase to NHS staff at the top of their incremental pay scales
But those still rising on the incremental pay scales
are receiving above inflation rises."
"Yes, in the short term junior officers would gain by the shortening of incremental pay scales
and, yes, some officers would have access to an annual payment of pounds 1,002.
But positions could be opened again after 2016 knowing the vote-buying ways of our politicians and the only guarantee of keeping the payroll under control in the future would be through a radical reform of the pay structure -- keeping the programme reductions as well as scrapping CoLA and re-calculating incremental pay scales
-- which gives public employees automatic annual pay rises in excess of five per cent.
The current incremental pay scales
are also being examined with a view to reducing the number of increments in each pay band.
Did we really need experts to tell us that guaranteeing workers' annual pay rises in the region of eight to 10 per cent -- incremental pay scales
, general pay rise and CoLA -- irrespective of performance de-motivated them and encouraged low productivity?
This year, thanks to this sacrifice, a civil servant's salary rose by close to 5 per cent, as a result of the Cost of Living Allowance and incremental pay scales
. In other words, the sacrifice Hadjipetrou's members agreed to was pay rises of five instead of seven per cent.
In 2011the wage bill will grow by a minimum of 5.0 per cent, thanks to incremental pay scales
and the Cost of Living Allowance.
The cause of the problem is not profiteering, even though there are suppliers who work with very high profit margins, but constantly rising wages (Cost of Living Allowance plus incremental pay scales
) that are out of step with increases in productivity.