The public service union is refusing to abandon strike action planned for today by thousands of civil servants despite an order by the industrial umpire and an appeal from the NSW government.
The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) on Friday ordered NSW public sector workers not to strike.
Treasure Mike Baird has urged the union to abide by the ruling.
But yesterday the Public Service Association (PSA) said the four-hour work stoppages would go ahead to protest against a 2.5 per cent wage cap, job cuts, and what it claims are an erosion of rights.
The PSA said it had authorised its 40,000 members, including prison officers, school support staff, park rangers, child protection workers, disability workers and civilian police staff to attend rallies at 47 locations across NSW from 10am today.
The main rally will take place at Sydney’s Town Hall.
PSA general secretary John Cahill said the union was calling for the state government to return the powers of the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) and to restore the workers compensation scheme to its previous form.
The union was also demanding the NSW government withdraw its application to the IRC for a new public sector award.
The proposed new award abolished or diminished dozens of long standing public sector conditions, Mr Cahill said.
The PSA had tried talking to the government.
“They listen politely and then just ignore us,” he told AAP.
“Maybe they’ll listen to thousands of people demonstrating right across the state.”