Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann is concerned that ADF personnel are worse off after the Prime Minister’s ADF pay debacle.
Australia’s servicemen and women are still waiting for their pay increase.
The Prime Minister back flipped after pressure from Labor and the community, promising to increase ADF pay by “two per cent per annum, over the life of the agreement, with effect from the next pay day.” Media release, 4 March 2015.
The Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal is still reviewing the Prime Minister’s proposal to increase the ADF pay offer – which means ADF members are still waiting for their increase.
In addition, the Prime Minister only promised to backdate the pay rise to 12 March this year, not to the start of the ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement, which came into effect on 6 November 2014.
“The Abbott Government has caused a significant amount of unnecessary stress and concern for our ADF personnel and their families,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“Many members are confused about why they haven’t seen the pay increase in their pay packets, some are unsure about how far they are being back paid and many just want to know what is going on.
“Labor is pleased that Tony Abbott has backed down from his original unfair offer, but this whole process has been a sorry reflection on the Prime Minister.”