Union members working at Sydney Water have voted to take protected industrial action to send a strong message to the NSW Government that essential workers must be valued. Water and wages are essential for a better life.
The NSW Government has made the cruel decision to freeze the pay of over 400,000 public sector workers. Treasury officials say that the decision to freeze the pay of these essential workers will only deepen the recession.
It’s clear that the NSW Liberal Government is determined to freeze the pay of hardworking essential workers despite the fact that NSW Parliament and the Fair Work Commission think that this is the wrong approach to kickstarting the post COVID economy.
These essential workers have worked through drought, floods, fire, and the pandemic to keep our taps running and our water safe and clean.
The embattled NSW Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, is one of two shareholders in Sydney Water (the other is the Finance Minister). Earlier this year he was asked to send a photo and message of support to Sydney Water workers as a way of thanking them for their work on the frontline. His office sent this email saying, "Unfortunately due to the Treasurer’s heavily committed schedule he is unable to participate on this occasion."
Union members at Sydney Water vote to take industrial action
Union delegates from the ASU Bargaining Team