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  • Central Government Sector Pay – to freeze or not to freeze?

    Dr Stephen Blumenfeld, CLEW's Director, discusses the Government's recent 'guidelines for wage bargaining' in central government agencies. The announcement, a de facto ‘pay freeze’ for public servants over the next three years - limited pay increases to those earning less than $60,000 a year, and those earning above that level up to $100,000 may be offered pay increases in some circumstances. But is there justification for such a "freeze" and what are the possible consequences?