The planned NSW public sector strike is beginning today; a key demand of the strikers is a 5.2% pay rise.
The main march in Sydney has kicked off at 10am today, with concurrent marches occurring across the state.
NSW Greens minister Jenny Leong has tweeted her support for the cause, saying the party would be joining the strike.
The #Greens are committed to abolishing the public sector wage cap in NSW.
— Jenny Leong MP 梁珍妮 (@jennyleong) June 8, 2022
The NSW government announced a two-year policy earlier this week for a 3% pay rise, which has been ciriticised by unions as not keeping up with inflation, which sits at 5.1%.
Public Service Association’s (PSA) general secretary Stewart Little told the ABC he is expecting 30,000 people to show up.
“The NSW government continues to impose an unfair and unjust wages cap on Public Sector workers, despite their essential work providing our state with critical security and support during the catastrophic bushfires, a global pandemic and the worst floods in recorded history,” the PSA stated on its website.
Part of the policy included a one-off $3,000 ‘thank you’ payment, but the payment will only be given to health sector staff.
The one-off payment was welcomed by the Health Services Union NSW.