Public compensation disclosure update

For all of you who have been asking about health administrators’ pay rates, I have reread the Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act which was given Royal Assent on December 10, 2010.

I see that the Act has yet another out. They have six months from the end of fiscal 2011/12 to report their income to the people who pay it. So they have until the end of September, 2012.

I find that curious. If the Dexter Government were serious about transparency, why give these highly-paid executives 21 months to comply? Why not make it applicable after the end of the 2010/11 fiscal year? It’s as if they know the public will be outraged. It sounds like a bargaining ploy, as if the Government wanted all union contract negotiations to be settled before those who are asked to accept 1% pay raises saw how much their bosses were earning.

There is nothing in the Act to prevent any of these executives from reporting early, but it’s unlikely that will happen. The Minister could, I suppose, suggest that as a sign of goodwill these executives post their 2010/11 compensation rates to tide over public curiosity until September.

It’s bizarre that an NDP government would coddle 264 health care executives who share $50 million (plus) in income over the 20,000 or so health care workers/voters in this province. Are the NDP content to be a one-term government?

You can read the Act here: http://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/61st_2nd/3rd_read/b115.htm

 

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2 Responses to Public compensation disclosure update

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