Public service vows to fight on

NEW South Wales public service workers have vowed to continue their ongoing political and industrial action against public service job cuts.

Members of the Public Service Association met at 46 locations around the state on Monday, passing a resolution calling on the O'Farrell Government to halt the public sector job cuts, restore the no-forced-redundancies policy and restore the power of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to award wage rises above the 2.5% cap.

PSA general secretary John Cahill said the state's public service workers felt they had little choice but to continue with their action.

"It is a time of great uncertainty for tens of thousands of workers in NSW, with job losses hitting families and many rural communities hard and colleagues left behind suffering under greater workloads and job insecurity," Mr Cahill said.

"The NSW Government's slash and burn of public sector jobs is not only a personal tragedy for many workers, it will have a deep, long-term impact on the quality of services across our state.

"There are thousands of vital roles, both direct service delivery and support roles which are helping to provide essential public services to the people of NSW every day.

"Public services are a team effort - you can't expect that if you don't cut nurses, teachers and police but cut everywhere else that services will continue as normal.

"Our members will not have anything if they don't have good, secure jobs and our community will be much poorer without their hard work and the essential services they provide," Mr Cahill said.

Topics:  barry o'farrell public service association

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