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CPSU/CSA response to 2018 mid-year review

The 2018 Mid-Year Review outlines an improved fiscal outlook and a positive economic change for the state.

CPSU/CSA Secretary Rikki Hendon says best way to further support these improvements, is to invest the billion dollar surplus in critical public services and to provide a decent pay-rise for public sector workers.

“Investment in public services, especially preventative services such as rehabilitation programs in prisons to prevent reoffending and early intervention for family support and child protection, can benefit the state both socially and financially in the long-term. 

“Now is the time to invest wisely and create positive change for thousands of Western Australians,” she said.

Investing in the state’s public sector workforce also creates more secure communities and increases consumer spending across the state.

“For two years, public sector workers have been dealt a pay increase that has not kept up with the cost-of-living in WA.

“Last week the CPSU/CSA lodged a claim for the state’s 38,000 general public sector workers; calling for a 2 per cent pay rise in 2019 and 2.5 per cent increase in 2020.

“With the new economic forecast and improved GST share, the current government wages policy is outdated and unwarranted.

“We urge government to recognise the social and financial benefits of investing in quality public services and the people who provide them.”

 Rikki Hendon is available for comment.

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