Federal Labor is concerned that the Prime Minister is fudging his promise to increase ADF pay by two per cent per annum over the life of the ADF Workplace Remuneration Arrangement.
This week the Abbott Government finally put its latest pay offer to the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal.
However the Government proposed to only backdate the pay increase to 12 March this year, not to the start of the WRA, which came into effect on 6 November 2014.
On 4 March the Prime Minister promised 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.)
But backdating the increase to 12 March instead of to the beginning of the WRA does not provide the promised two per cent per annum over the life of the agreement.
“The Prime Minister needs to explain why he isn’t backdating the increase to the start of the agreement,” says Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Gai Brodtmann.
“Backdating only to 12 March means the per annum increase over the life of the agreement is actually closer to 1.9 per cent, not the promised 2 per cent.
“Labor is pleased that the Prime Minister has backed down from his original unfair offer, but this whole process has been a sorry reflection on the PM’s decision making ability.
“The Abbott Government has caused a significant amount of unnecessary stress and concern for our ADF personnel and their families.”