Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Conservative manifesto for public sector compensation

There is a federal election going on in the UK.

One of the big issues in the election is the cost of the UK public service. Of course, like in Canada public sector pensions are a big concern.

In order to address some of the issues around compensation and pensions the Conservatives have focused on these key issues:

Public sector pay and pension 
  • The date at which the state pension age starts will rise to 66, no earlier than 2016 for men and 2020 for women.
  • Cap the biggest public sector pensions above £50,000 and work with the trade unions, businesses and others to address the growing disparity between public and private sector pensions.
  • A one-year public sector pay freeze in 2011 (this won't affect the one million lowest-paid workers).
  • Public bodies will be required to publish online the job titles of every member of staff and the salaries and expenses of senior officials paid more than the lowest salary permissible
  • Anyone paid more than the Prime Minister in the public sector will be required to have their salary signed off by the Treasury.
  • Councillors will be given the power to vote on large salary packages for unelected council officials.
  • Senior civil servants will be required to publish online details of expense claims and meetings with lobbyists. 
Lets see if Canadian politicians have the  strength to do the same.

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