Monday, 17 May 2021 16:30

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OPINION: This old mut would like to tip his hat to the Government for its move to extend pay freezes for the highly-paid walk-short brigade who infest Wellington - public servants.

Public Service Minister Chris Hipkins recently announced that public servants earning more than $60,000 will only be offered pay increases under select circumstances for the next three years and there will be no pay increases for those earning more than $100,000.

However, those earning less than $60,000 - abiut a quarter of the sector - will still see pay increases.

And before anyone sheds a tear about this, they might consider that since Labour took office in late 2017 the public service has increased in size by 10,000 people.

During this period, the number of bureaucrats earning more than $100,000 has grown by 43%, from 10,159 in 2018 to 15,055 now.

Not a bad wicket for a job for life!

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