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Private sector bosses getting twice the pay increase of public sector workers

The Conference Board of Canada predicts that non-unionized salaried employees will get 3.1% salary increases in 2012, despite our economic troubles.  This is up from 2.7% in 2010 and 3% in 2011.

Private sector salaried personnel are leading the way, with projected increases of 3.2%, while salaried public sector employees can look forward to only 2.6% increases.

In contrast unionized workers can expect just 2% in 2012, according to the Conference Board.  Private sector increases will be a little higher at 2.3%, while public sector increases will be lower at 1.5%.    Union increases were also well below what the non-union, salaried class got in 2010 and 2011.  Public sector union settlements were especially low, averaging 1.6% in 2010 and 2011.

While the salaried class are predicted to get an (uncompounded) increase of 8.8% in 2010 through 2012, public sector wage settlements are predicted to get just over half of that (and well less than inflation).

But many right wing commentators doggedly harp on about excessive public sector union settlements. Do facts really matter, after all?

They'd make more sense, however, if they cast an eye on their managers' pay increases, instead.


  1. She also said the NHS would stop the practise of cohorting patients. This means they will start isolating infected patients, which they should have been doing all along and likely this was one of the major contributing factors leading to the serious C.difficile outbreak.
    The NHS has not announced this yet, and we doubt they ever will, but we have heard they were forced into opening "Flex" beds, which they had closed during the HIP (hospital improvement plan) in order to cut their costs.

    Pat Scholfield


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