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    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Newman Government delivers on commitment for fair wage outcomes

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Tim Nicholls

    Saturday, May 05, 2012

    Newman Government delivers on commitment for fair wage outcomes

    The Newman LNP Government has announced a new wages framework providing pay increases of up to 3 per cent to public servants in return for real productivity savings that deliver better services and value for money for Queensland taxpayers.

    Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the State Government was committed to good faith bargaining and delivering fair wage outcomes for public servants.

    “Labor failed to manage the public service with expenses growing faster than the ability of the government to fund it,” he said.

    “With headline inflation running at 1.6 per cent nationally, the Newman LNP Government’s wages framework is very fair and reasonable and fulfils our commitment to good faith bargaining.

    “The Newman LNP Government is removing Labor’s arbitrary 2.5 per cent wage cap because we know the public service can and will deliver real benefits through savings and improved productivity in return for higher wages.

    “This is about delivering fair wages in return for fair outcomes.

    “Labor left the state’s finances in a mess, with a $2.8 billion deficit and debt heading towards $85 billion, and we need the assistance of unions and public servants to identify waste and deliver real, bankable productivity savings.

    “We believe it is possible to properly reward staff, while also ensuring financial sustainability and good returns for the public.

    “In our first six weeks, the Newman LNP Government has shown how determined we are to get the state back on track and our wages framework delivers on our commitment to revitalise front line services and cut waste and inefficiency.”

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