Workers in New South Wales could be forgiven for feeling a pretty unsettling sense of déjà vu at the moment.

A Liberal leader is on the campaign trail, and he is going out of his way to reassure everyone that if he takes office, there will be no negative impact on workers.

Tony Abbott promises that jobs won’t be lost, rights at work won’t be stripped away, entitlements won’t be cut, and protections won’t be weakened.

But NSW voters heard this exact same lullaby in very recent history. It was sung by Barry O’Farrell during the 2011 election.

Yet what happened when Mr O’Farrell took office is exactly the same as always happens when the Liberals are allowed to pull the levers of power.

Check out the rest of Mark Lennon’s piece from Working Life here.

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