Unions have launched their campaign message on the Central Coast today, warning that Barry O’Farrell surprise attacks on workers following the 2011 state election will be Tony Abbott’s template should he win the federal election.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon launched a pamphlet that will be distributed throughout the Central Coast listing the extensive attacks on NSW workers by Mr O’Farrell and the attacks that are likely to come from a Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mr Lennon was supported at the launch by Labor’s candidate for the seat of Dobell, Emma McBride and the Member for Robertson Deborah O’Neill.

“NSW workers were caught off-guard when Barry O’Farrell took office in 2011, because he never gave any warning of the attacks he would subsequently make,” Mr Lennon said.

“He didn’t say he was going to tear down the workers compensation safety net. He didn’t mention that 15,000 jobs would be slashed. He didn’t say that police, nurses, firefighters and for all other public sector workers would have their wages capped at 2.5 per cent.

“And now we are in the midst of another election campaign, where another Liberal leader is telling us he won’t attack workers’ rights and conditions either. We think it is very necessary to draw the obvious parallels.”

Central Coast Community Union Alliance spokesperson Jeff Sundstrom, who launched the new pamphlet alongside Mr Lennon, said the Central Coast couldn’t afford to be attacked from two different angles.

“Already workers on the Central Coast have felt the brunt of Mr O’Farrell’s attacks from Macquarie St. We can’t afford to be hit from Canberra at the same time,” he said.

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