26 September 2023

Workers wait for wage rise to show

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The Public Service Association (PSA) has issued a statement for its members explaining that the pay rise due from 1 July may be delayed.

The PSA said it had received a number of inquiries from members surrounding the wage increase who said their most recent pay slip had not reflected any increase as yet.

“It has been common practice that it may take one or more pay periods for the wage increase to be received, as the payroll system needs to be updated to reflect the new pay rates,” the PSA said.

“This does not occur until such time an Award is formally made and in this instance the Award was made on the 9 July 2021,” it said.

“If the pay rise is not received in your next pay period, you would be able to email your payroll to seek their advice on when you could expect it to be paid.”

The PSA asked members to get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling the Member Support Centre on 1300 679 772 if the advice they received from payroll was unreasonable.

“Rest assured that when you do receive your pay rise, it will be backdated to the first full pay period after 1 July,” it said.

The Association said the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) was yet to approve the updated Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Awards, which reflect the wage increase of 2.5 per cent (2.04 per cent salary, 0.5 per cent superannuation), and the increase would not come into force until this was done.

“The PSA secured agreement from TfNSW that in circumstances such as these back pay would occur,” it said.

“Therefore, once the wage rise comes into force, members will receive back pay to the first full pay period from 1 July,” the PSA said.

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