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The New South Wales government is trying to prevent another wave of protests by increasing fines for illegal strikes.

Teachers and nurses are scheduled to leave work next week, in an ongoing dispute with the state government over wages and conditions.

In response, the government has today imposed heavy fines on unions that went on strike in defiance of labor relations laws.

He now plans fines of up to $ 55,000 on the first day of any industrial action and $ 27,500 for each subsequent day.

Union leaders have condemned the move by Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet and Treasurer Matt Kean.

“Instead of blaming unions for industrial action, Mr Perrottet should look at the man in the mirror,” said Mark Morey, NSW Union Secretary.

“The current action in NSW’s schools, hospitals and transportation is only attributable to Perrottet, Kean and their policy of cutting the standard of living of nurses, teachers, police and other workers in the industry. public “.

“Perrottet is the first living memory prime minister to deliberately reduce the salaries of nurses, teachers, police and other public sector workers.

“This is a badge of shame you can’t ignore.”

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