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Prime Minister’s glorification of bureaucrats outrageous

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers Union says the new public servant medal would be more acceptable if public servants werent paid 34.6% more than taxpayers in the private sector. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, You …The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the new ‘public servant medal’ would be more acceptable if public servants weren’t paid 34.6% more than taxpayers in the private sector.

Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “You would think that earning a third more on average than the private sector would be its own reward. To glorify public servants just for doing their jobs reeks of pro-bureaucracy propaganda.”

“And with five medals given out a year, even unremarkable public bureaucrats will be queued up for an honour.”

“Hard-working taxpayers who fund these bureaucrats’ salaries will be wondering when they get their own medal.”

“The Prime Minister’s feel-good, let’s-give-away-a-prize attitude diminishes the mana of Royal Honours given to the likes of Willie Apiata.”

The Taxpayers’ Union report: Public Sector Wage Gap: The taxpayer-funded premium for working for the government, is available at www.taxpayers.org.nz/wage_gap.

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