Warning union thugs

Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell is staring down union thugs. Be nice of our government did the same. The unions, of course, are living in lala land:

THE Premier, Barry O’Farrell, has warned the union movement that taking industrial action will lead the state government to consider outsourcing public sector jobs, saying there will be ”consequences” for ”industrial thuggery”.

Mr O’Farrell attacked the public sector in a speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, saying it had failed to improve services, and cited Sydney Water as one organisation where efficiencies might be made.

”Public providers have been shielded from the reality of markets and of people’s expectations,” he said.

Later at a news conference, he issued a warning to Sydney Water workers, who are engaged in a dispute with management about their new enterprise bargaining agreement and have threatened strikes.

”What I’m saying to them, what I’m saying to others, is be careful about what you’re doing because if the private sector can deliver it at a better standard, or the same standard, at a cheaper price we are duty-bound as a government to consider that,” Mr O’Farrell said. ”Don’t engage in industrial thuggery and think there are no consequences.”

The secretary of the Australian Services Union, Sally McManus, said it was the Premier who was engaging in ”thuggery”.

”For the NSW Premier to threaten workers’ jobs just because they’re standing up for their basic rights and the community’s vital services is disgraceful and he should apologise to the workers for his comments,” she said.


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