PM backs down on Defence pay, hope for other agencies?

ADF personnel, but not Defence APS, will get an above-inflation pay rise after the government backs down on its stance that agencies match wage rises to efficiencies. Is there hope for other agencies?

Soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen will have their wage offer bumped above the inflation rate in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s first back down over his government’s tough public sector pay stance. Today’s decision will cost an extra $200 million, but will not have to be matched in departmental efficiencies.

The generosity will not extend to the Defence Department’s public servants, who are still waiting to hear from the Fair Work Commission whether they can proceed to a ballot for protected actions.

In a statement today, the Prime Minister and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said the government had decided to increase the wage offer for ADF personnel to 2% per annum over the three year workplace remuneration agreement, up from 1.5% per annum. The current annual inflation rate is 1.7%.

Abbott and Andrews said the government had listened to the concerns of the Defence community and this change was in recognition of the unique circumstances in which ADF members worked. They said the decision provides certainty to ADF personnel and their families:

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