BTW @Handle9 - feel free to start your own thread about Public Service salaries if you so desire.
However - from the State Services Commission's Public Service Workforce Data Report
The HRC survey provides information on the base salaries of staff in the Public Service as at 30 June
each year. In 2017, the average annual salary was $75,416, an increase of 2.3% from the previous year.
Contrast with Statistics NZ's data source, showing a 2017 Average Weekly income of $1,118 (annual salary $58,136) across both sectors...
There's a $17,280 premium for the public service - 29.7% greater than the national average.
It's far from "junk data".
So to compare a teacher or a nurse's salary to that over a cleaner is a valid comparison? IMO that is nonsense.
That is a straw man argument, and I agree - a complete nonsense.
The report provides an "average" across the entire Public Sector - all 348,000 of them. (From the CEOs & Board Members of Crown Entities DHB's, etc. all the way down to the cleaners, call-centre workers and clerical workers that are employed by them.)
When you compare their average earnings against the average earnings in the private sector, they are undeniably higher, by a significant amount.
You might argue that is because the public sector is "top heavy" with middle & upper management compared to the private sector... but I'm not sure that will fit your narrative either?
None of which detracts from the fact that more people have announced strike action in the 9 months since Ms. Ardern promised that it wouldn't happen than in the entire 9 years prior.