Payrise for police and state MPs

FRASER Coast police and State MPs will get a 2.5 per cent pay increase just in time for Christmas.

Premier Anna Bligh agreed to an Industrial Relations Commission recommendation to give an interim pay increase of 2.5 per cent to police officers while the Police Union negotiates a better deal with the Government.

The rise will be backdated to July 1 and will be paid this month.

The Police Union has asked for a 12.5 per cent pay rise for officers.

Local MPs Ted Sorensen and Chris Foley will also get a Christmas bonus from the State Government, with a pay rise of 2.5 per cent backdated to August 1.

Ms Bligh rejected a Federal Remuneration Tribunal recommendation of a 4.2 per cent pay rise because of a State Government policy that restricts public sector increases to 2.5 per cent.

Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said he was happy to accept a pay rise, “so long as our police and nurses and teachers get one too.”

“I wouldn't have a clue what I get paid – my wife does a good job of looking after those things.

“I haven't really thought about what I'll do with the extra but I'm sure our local charities will get a share of it. I don't really believe in percentage pay rises because the people at the top get further away from the people at the bottom.

“Ten per cent of $100 is very different to 10 per cent of $1000.

“We need to have a dollar-term wage rise to keep everyone on the same level – that's my opinion, not the party's opinion.”

Council employees are also due for a pay rise in December when the Local Government Remuneration Tribunal sets a lower and upper limit on councillor's wage increases.

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