Labor’s Christmas gift for Unions

The NSW Opposition has condemned the Minns Labor Government for rushing through major industrial relations reforms through Parliament without any consultation except with their union mates.

Shadow Treasurer and Industrial Relations Minister Damien Tudehope said that the Industrial Relations Amendment Bill is just a kickback to the Labor Party’s union mates.

“These changes are just the unions cashing the cheque for helping Labor get elected,” Mr Tudehope said.

“This is a regressive change that winds back the clock on reform by decades, at the behest of their union masters.”

Mr Tudehope also warned that these changes will do irreparable damage to the State’s budget.

“Labor is handing over control of half of the budget to the unions, who will blow any chances of returning to surplus.”

“This is the cost of doing business with the unions – and Labor will gladly pay with taxpayers’ money.”

The Government rejected an amendment that would have required wage rises be fully offset by productivity improvements to maintain budget neutrality as it promised before the election.

“It is now crystal clear that Labor’s election commitments were worthless and that the Minns Government does not keep its promises”, Mr Tudehope concluded.

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