Today's budget shows the NSW Liberal Government don't care about essential workers.
The Government has today locked in a 3% wage cap - which is 2.5% below inflation.
That means essential workers will be on average $2142 worse off this year.
Essential workers have worked throughout the pandemic. We don't deserve to go backwards.
Even if you aren't employed in the public sector, the NSW wage cap affects you too.
The NSW Government is the country's largest employer, and its unfair wage cap pushes down wages for everyone.
ASU members Karen, Peter and Werner outside NSW Parliament House today.— Australian Services Union (@asu_nsw_act) June 20, 2022
We’re calling for the unfair wages cap to be lifted.
Essential workers can’t afford a pay cut.#nswpol #nswbudget @unionsnsw pic.twitter.com/k9N3qf8muo
Nearly 30% of people working in essential services are on casual or short-term contracts. This budget does nothing to address this.
With staff shortages and falling wages, the future of the services that we all rely on every day is at risk.