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Superannuation Win for all Public Sector Workers

Sep 2, 2013Uncategorized

Public sector workers including RTBU members have had a huge win in regards to superannuation increases.

The Industrial Commission has recently blocked the O’Farrell Government from including the mandatory commonwealth superannuation increase under their 2.5 per cent wage cap.

Treasurer Mike Baird had previously said the Government would not pay for the super increase and instead had tried to force the cost on to workers through a lessening of their take-home pay.

Labor and crossbench MPs had blocked the Government’s motion in the upper house.

The move prompted Baird to threaten to slash budgets by $800 million, or the equivalent of 8000 public sector jobs. The Government is reportedly considering an appeal or legal action.

When the Union heard the news, we issued a media release labelling the Treasurer’s threat as disgusting.

We said it was shameful to make such threats given the Government had been caught out and forced to abide by its own promise to public sector workers.

We believe it is particularly difficult for Mr Baird to make an austerity case to public transport workers when his Government spends $17 million on marketing fluff, like rebranding and new logos.

The Union will continue to call for greater investment in NSW’s public transport for a better network and to improve the services that the NSW travelling public demands.