The Huddle: Is the public sector pay freeze fair?

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Wed, 5 May 2021, 8:11PM
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The Huddle: Is the public sector pay freeze fair?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 May 2021, 8:11PM

Public sector workers are feeling the burn of a pay freeze.

The Government's announced those earning more than $60,000 will only get pay increases in "exceptional circumstances".

Meanwhile, those topping $100,000 won't get any more in the next three years.

Meanwhile, Speaker Trevor Mallard has used the legal immunity of parliamentary privilege to say that a worker - who he apologised to for falsely accusing of rape - had committed sexual assault.

The issue flared again in the House last night.

It came during a debate on the annual review of the Parliamentary Service, for which he is the responsible Minister.

Mallard sought to paint himself as on the side of victims and the Opposition as not.

This is despite admitting he has never spoken to the woman complainant at the centre of the saga.

It prompted National leader Judith Collins to call it the most extraordinary display by the biggest bully she's ever seen in Parliament.

Listen above as Clare de Lore and Jack Tame discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle