Front line worker wage freeze angers the community

Anoulack Chanthivong. Picture: Luke Fuda
Anoulack Chanthivong. Picture: Luke Fuda

Advertiser readers have expressed their anger over The Berejiklian state government's wage freeze for front line public servants.

Labor politicians also expressed dismay at the decision and flagged plans to block the move in the Upper house.

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong said the Liberal Government's plan to freeze the wages of frontline public servants made absolutely no sense.

"At a time when families and households are already struggling to cope with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ludicrous to freeze the pay of thousands of workers," he said.

"Stripping money from the pockets of public sector workers will also have harmful effects on local businesses and our economic recovery. This will lead to lower jobs growth.

"In my electorate, there are at least 1838 public sector workers facing a pay freeze. We have seen unacceptable budget blowouts worth billions of dollars from this Liberal Government.

"They should get their own house in order and leave the wages of hard-working nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters, transport workers and cleaners alone."

Advertiser reader Mick Gallagher summed up most of our readers' sentiments with his comment on our Facebook page.

"This is disgraceful," he said.

"The government called the community to arms when everyone was locked down saying we need everyone, forget your families and the risk, we need you all and now "oh no, no pay rise".

"If there was a decent opposition in NSW they might get my vote - sadly there isn't any."

Fellow reader Mary Webb said the move was a "slap in the face for workers."

"Not Happy Gladys," she said.

"I cannot believe you would even think about doing this to the people who have saved lives. They have been working so hard and long hours it's unbelievable. I feel for them. Please think again, Gladys.

"The Premier thanked front line workers for the service they have given and then this, this to us is a slap in the face."

Shadow Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren said the wage freeze was "heartless and insulting.".

"Nurses, doctors, police officers, teachers, transport workers and other public sector workers have all made tremendous sacrifices in the past few months for the good of our community," he said.

"How does the Berejiklian Government thank those hard-working, dedicated and selfless workers? They freeze their wages for the next 12 months'.

"It's a heartless and insulting move.

"Just when you think this government can't stoop lower they turn around and do something like this.

"This will have a devastating impact on many families throughout Campbelltown and the ripple effects will also be felt far and wide."