I spoke and voted against the NSW Government's proposed changes to Industrial Relations laws when it was debated in Parliament on Thursday.
Following the vote, which was unfortunately carried, the Industrial Relations Commission will no longer resolve public sector wage and condition disputes fairly and in the public interest on a case-by-case basis, but will instead be forced to impose the Government's policies.
The first of these policies will cap wage increases at 2.5 per cent - without productivity savings. This cap is less than the current CPI, and public servants have told me they worry future policies could remove leave, collective bargaining and other entitlements.
Our public servants work hard and deserve an independent referee when disputes arise.
During debate on the Industrial Relations Amendment (Public Sector Conditions of Employment) Bill, I called on the Government to commit to providing affordable housing for our frontline workers who are already finding it hard to access affordable inner city housing and will now have their wages cut.