Shoalhaven City Councillors have given in principle support for Council staff to have a pay rise of nearly $3 Million.
Staff have argued it will boost morale and help to attract and retain the right people for the job.
Currently, wages account for $71.4 Million of Council's annual budget, with a total increase of 4 per cent approved.
Councillor Bob Proudfoot says Council is taking the wrong approach and should instead focus on improving working conditions and better training programs.
"This $3 Million obviously will have to be taken out of ratepayers money, this $3 Million is in addition to around $2 to 2.5 Million that's already been budgeted for wage increases", Councillor Proudfoot said.
It is now set for further discussion, but a recession motion has been lodged against the adopted motion.
Further details below from Council's business paper.
- Support in principle a review of Council’s salary system under the terms of the Local Government (State) Award to make it more contemporary and competitive.
- Authorises the General Manager to negotiate with relevant Unions and the Staff Consultative Committee to establish a new salary system and introduce other monetary and non-monetary benefits to attract and retain staff in the organisation.
- Authorises the General Manager to negotiate changes in a staged approach commencing 1 May 2019 and over the 2018-19 to 2020-21 financial years with the overall increase capped at the equivalent of a 4% increase in annual employee costs (excluding annual increases as prescribed by the Award and already budgeted for).
- Note the funding options presented in the report and receive a further report in relation to a recommended funding strategy in conjunction with the outcome of the General Manager’s negotiations.
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