The emergence and development of fair relativity as a state pay fixing criterion in New Zealand


  • Ian Powell



This paper discusses the emergence and development offair relativity as a state pay fixing criterion, culminating in the adoption by Parliament of the State Services Remuneration and Conditions of Employment Act 1969. Within the theme of the evolution of fair relativity as a state pay fixing criterion, two questions prevail. First, was this evolution through consensus or conflict, and second, was the state sector central union leadership wise and proactive or unwise and reactive in its approach to this issue. Discontent over state pay fixing procedures and criteria in the period 1962-67, particularly insofar as it contributed to the establishment of the 1968 Royal Commission is outlined, along with the CSSO boycott debate and decision. The debate between government departments and external organisations within the Royal Commission is discussed, with particular regard to the pivotal submissions of the SSC, Treasury and the Employers' Federation. The report and recommendations of the Royal Commission concerning pay fixing criteria are examined along with the subsequent disputes and negotiations between the SSCC and CSSO leading to the 1969 Act.


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Ian Powell,