Salary rise for staff but not for councillors

COUNCIL staff will get a pay bump this month although there will be no pay rises for Cumberland’s 14 councillors this financial year.

The Local Government Remuneration Tribunal (LGRT) classifies Cumberland as one of 11 Metropolitan Large councils and in a decision made last month, cited the impact of Covid-19 as a key factor in opting not to increase the annual fees paid to councillors and mayors.
Each year the Tribunal issues a minimum and maximum range of fees payable to elected councillors, which they are then permitted to determine themselves, with Cumberland’s 14 councillors paid the maximum annual fee allowable of $30,410, while Mayor Steve Christou receives $88,600.
It is better news for staff who will receive a pay rise effective from July 1 following months of negotiations between Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and industry unions.
LGNSW President Linda Scott said the 1.5 per cent pay increase this year, with a two per cent increase in each of the following two years, was a “sustainable increase for councils to manage”.