The Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk has put impending pay rises for the public sector on hold, after severe backlash from businesses around the state.
Talks were taking place for a rise in public servant wages, with over 220,000 people looking at a 2.5 percent wage increase.
While a deal with Energy Queensland would have seen around 7,300 workers get a 3 percent rise.
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Local businesses around the state, who’ve had to cut down on employees and take pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic were outraged by the announcement yesterday.
The Premier has since declared that those pay cuts will be put on hold for the time being, telling The Today Show this morning that now is simply not the right time.
“We’ve got people out there who’ve lost their jobs, they’re hurting.
“We’ve got front line services out there; our nurses, our doctors, our fire fighters, our police, they’re doing a great job for Queenslanders.
“But in this climate at the moment, everything must be put on hold.
“It’s absolutely sensible and I’m quite sure that other people are doing the same thing,” The Premier said this morning.