THE prospect of a wage freeze for NSW public service workers will impact more than 1500 Bathurst electorate employees, says the state opposition.
Labor's industrial relations spokesman Adam Searle has seized on a refusal by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to rule out a wage freeze to accuse the government of short-changing frontline workers during a pandemic.
He said there were 695 teachers, 627 health workers, 196 police officers and 24 public transport drivers in the Bathurst electorate - a total of 1542 wages.
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"Hard-working cleaners, drivers, paramedics, nurses, teachers, police and many others risked their lives to look after our state during the pandemic - and now this government wants to thank them with a pay cut," Mr Searle said.
"Reasonable wage increases are a vital stimulus measure. It is time to put dollars in pockets, not take them away.
"A pay cut to 400,000 people (across NSW) will be a body blow to our economic recovery."
Mr Searle said if the government was looking to cut costs it should start by "scrapping their $1.5 billion Powerhouse Museum move".