Northern Territory public servants are being offered a potential “bonus” of $10,000 over four years, partly funded by hundreds of staff being dismissed for not getting the COVID-19 jab.
It comes as the state government attempts to introduce a public service pay freeze, with an initial offer of a $1000 bonus for public servants in lieu of the freeze.
But public servants rejected the initial bonus amid concerns they would remain at the same pay rate in four years’ time.
Now NT chief minister Michael Gunner has upped the offer, with staff to receive $4000 extra in the first year, and $2000 extra per year for the following three years.
A reduction of about 400 staff following the government introducing vaccination mandates would help to pay for the additional bonuses.
But the plan has been lashed by Lia Finocchiaro, leader of the opposition Country Liberal Party, who has committed to increase wages by $1000 per worker.
“Darwin’s inflation rate is the highest in the nation, which means Territorians are paying more than anywhere else in the country for basics like groceries and rent,” Finocchiaro said in an NT News report.
The Community and Public Sector Union, which initially pushed for a wage rise, is yet to reveal a position on the new increased offer.
Gunner has indicated he wants public servants to vote on the new deal before Christmas.