It’s a tangled approach to industrial relations that is further complicated when you consider the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSWIRC) is shackled by the NSW Government’s wages policy.
Rather than taking a work-value approach to determine what a particular profession – say teachers and support staff – should be paid, the NSWIRC is forced to deliver a predetermined outcome, such as 2.5% annually.
The way forward is to support NSW Labor under Chris Minns. Minns attended the IEU’s Annual General Meeting in October 2022 and made it clear that if elected, the NSW salary cap would be axed and work value processes rightly returned to the industrial relations system.
This is a fair and reasonable approach – one that will provide teachers and support staff with a process that determines their worth. Put simply, the salary cap would be consigned to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.
The NSWIRC would then be empowered to carry out genuine industrial relations processes rather than simply constraining salary outcomes under a government policy that doesn’t consider factors such as staff shortages or the impact of inflation.