Protesters at Tweed MP Geoff Provest’s office yesterday.
Protesters at Tweed MP Geoff Provest’s office yesterday. John Gass

Passionate protesters blast MP

THE tune He's Got the Whole World In His Hands was heard loud and clear in Tweed Heads South yesterday, but the lyrics to the traditional gospel song had been replaced with the chanting of angry public sector workers.

More than 50 nurses, policemen, teachers, firefighters and public servants gathered outside Tweed MP Geoff Provest's office to chant “we've got the worst premier in the world” and “shame, Geoff, shame.”

According to Shane O'Brien of the NSW Public Service Association, new workplace laws introduced by the NSW Government would render the Industrial Relations Commission powerless in the face of politicians and force public sector departments to choose between firing staff and lowering wages to repay the government's debts.

“We have a system where the politicians can overrule the decisions of the independent Industrial Relations Commission – that's the legislation we're stuck with,” Mr O'Brien said.

“We will fight this, if we change a few per cent of the voting population this government will be a one-term wonder.”

Joanne McKeough of the NSW Nurses Association asked Mr Provest to resign from his post if the legislation wasn't repealed.

She said he should be ashamed for not publicising the legislation before he was elected.

“We are the backbones of communities,” Ms McKeough said.

“The workers united will never be defeated.”

A spokeswoman for Mr Provest said he had only been informed of the protest the day before and was taking a few days off before Parliament resumes next week.



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