Thousands of people taking part in today’s rally in Sydney as part of a national day of action will send a clear message to the Federal and State Liberal Governments that anti-worker and anti-family policies will not be tolerated.

Workers from all parts of the community, including nurses, teachers, disability and electrical workers will be marching for fairness and highlighting the impact of the Federal and State Liberal Governments’ attacks on our jobs, rights and services.

“The Federal Liberal Government is using the Productivity Commission inquiry into rights at work in an attempt to cut penalty rates, abolish the minimum wage, bring back unfair individual contracts and swing even more power to the employers,” Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said.

“Australians did not vote for cuts to Medicare, $100,000 university degrees, slashing the public sector, and attacks on our rights at work.

“We will not stand by while Liberal Governments at a state and federal level take us in the wrong direction. Workers made their voices heard in Victoria and Queensland with one-term Coalition Governments and we can do it again here in NSW and federally.

“Tony Abbott’s record on slashing workers’ rights is well known but Mike Baird’s track record is just as bad.

“The NSW Liberal Government has attacked wages, cut 15,000 public sector jobs, slashed the industrial rights of its workforce and cut workers’ compensation for all workers in NSW.

“In addition, Premier Baird’s plans to sell off the State’s electricity assets if he wins the election will result in higher power prices for NSW households, and the loss of $1.7 billion a year for our schools and hospitals.

“The NSW Liberal Government’s privatisation agenda has already begun in hospitals and TAFEs across the state. Today’s rally will call for a stop to any further sell offs of our public assets.”

Members all over NSW will be participating in rallies as part of a national day of industrial and community action to protest the Federal and State Liberal Governments’ attacks on ordinary Australians.

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