Union to fight cuts to carer’s leave
A UNION has signalled it will fight a State Government plan to strip public servants of holiday leave loading and carer’s leave.
Finance Minister, Greg Pearce, has told Sydney media he’s applied to the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission to scale back award conditions.
This will include scrapping public sector entitlements to 17.5 per cent annual leave loading and an extra week’s leave awarded to remote area workers.
Additional paid carer’s leave to look after a sick child or an elderly parent will also be abolished under the government’s proposal.
Public Service Association of NSW general secretary, John Cahill, says it’s a “serious attack” on public servants’ working conditions.
“We’re not going to lie down and cop it,” Mr Cahill is quoted.
“We’re going to fight this all the way.”
NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson, describes the move as an “unprecedented attack on working parents”.
“Anyone who has ever had to take time off work to care for a sick child or elderly parent will be left financially stranded and forced to take annual leave without pay under these changes,” Mr Robertson says in a statement.