12 Aug 2012

NSW govt to cut entitlements for public servants

11:02 am on 12 August 2012

The New South Wales state government wants to cut entitlements for public servants.

As part of its efforts to reduce spending, the government has asked the Industrial Relations Commission to approve the removal of a range of allowances, including one for people working in remote areas and a loading of 17.5% that public servants receive on their annual leave.

The Public Service Association said it will fight the move.

General secretary John Cahill said removing remote allowances would make it harder to attract workers to the bush.

''These incentives have been there since time immemorial, basically,'' he told the ABC.

Some 5000 job cuts were announced last September and departmental wage costs were capped in the state budget on 12 June.