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Nurses will prevail against industrial changes: Union

The fight against NSW public sector wages reform continues

The fight against NSW public sector wages reform will continue until worker's rights are restored, Unions NSW says.

About 50 protesters gathered outside Parliament House on Tuesday, August 3 to call for the government's 2.5 per cent wage cap to be overturned.

Speaking to nurses, teachers and transport workers, Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said public sector workers would prevail against the industrial changes.

This would happen despite the likely defeat of a Labor disallowance motion that would have reversed the changes in the upper house, he added.

"Today is just another step in a campaign, another focal point but we will continue to come back and campaign here in Macquarie Street and around the state until these laws are appealed and until workers rights are restored," he told the gathering.

Lennon also had some advice for Christian Democrat MP Fred Nile, who had threatened to support the disallowance motion if the government did not scrap school ethics classes.

But after meeting with Premier Barry O'Farrell last week he indicated he would continue to back the wage reforms.

"Whatever his position on other issues such as ethics classes, workers' rights are too important to be part of some trade-off and we hoped he would support the principle of standing up for workers and their rights," Lennon said.


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