Labor has slammed the NSW Liberal Government’s decision to cut workers’ wages for a second time, after Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today that he would cut the public sector wage cap from 2.5% to 1.5%.
The Treasurer refused to consult with workers and their unions and instead announced a wage cut for workers across NSW on Melbourne Cup Day and on the eve of the US presidential election.
Instead, 400,000 workers across NSW woke up tomedia reports that the NSW Government plans to cut their wages in the midst of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said: “This morning 400,000 workers in every city, region and town in NSW have woken up to this slap in the face from the Treasurer.
“This cut to workers’ wages is an act of economic vandalism and a betrayal of those who protected us during the bushfires and the pandemic.
“Not only is this money that teachers, nurses and cleaners won’t have in their pockets, its money that small businesses and communities across our state won’t have to survive” Ms McKay said.
Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations Adam Searle said: “It is clear this has been Dominic Perrottet’s plan all along and he has snuck it out on Melbourne Cup Day and on the eve of the US presidential election.
“This is an insult to every single worker who kept our society going during the pandemic. The Treasurer is trying to ram through another wage cut for workers across our state which will cause even more damage to businesses and communities all across our state.”
Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord said: “The Treasurer is picking the pockets of workers to pay for his economic mismanagement.
“Dominic Perrottet is responsible for $13.5 billion in Budget blow-outs and a secret $4 billion bail-out out of his scandal-ridden iCare and now he wants workers to pay for it.”