More pay problems for Public Servants

28 Jan 2010 3:22 PMJann Stuckey

28 January 2010

More Queensland Public Servants have been forced to suffer due to Bligh Labor’s inability to manage payroll systems under its Shared Services Agency.

LNP Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology Jann Stuckey said the latest victims were Queensland Police Service staff who face penalties and short-falls after yet another payroll mishap resulted in QPS staff not being paid this week.

“It comes hot on the heels of the debacle that forced Queensland Health to demand doctors and nurses pay back millions of dollars in overpayments,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It’s clear the payroll system is unable to cope with modern demands.

“Minister Schwarten wants to blame human error for this, but the simple fact is if he was a competent Minister, he would have delivered Labor’s commitment to a modern payroll system well before now.”

Ms Stuckey said Labor announced in 2005 the upgrade and replacement of government payroll systems.  Almost five years on, this rollout has not occurred and this Minister continues to exclude more departments from the program.
“Public Servants need to ask, how can they trust this Government to pay them the right salary, let alone pay them at all, when mistakes like this continue to happen. 

“Minister Schwarten wants to blame everyone else for these errors, but the buck stops with him.  He is the Minister responsible for the Shared Services Agency …he is the one who hasn’t delivered.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919