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SYDNEY: Thousands of New South Wales workers marched outside the Parliament House here Wednesday to protest expected cuts to workers compensation by the state government, local media reported.
Firefighters, nurses, labourers and other workers braved the rain to rally outside the parliament ahead of the release of a parliamentary committee report recommending changes to the WorkCover Scheme.
Protesters flooded the Macquarie Street, chanting "The workers united will never be defeated" and "Barry O'Farrell you have no shame", Xinhua news agency cited reports from the Australian Associated Press.
Earlier Wednesday, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said work scheme costs had to be contained, and that unions needed to realise that they no longer ran the state.
Members of the Fire Brigade Workers Union said they would hold a strike if compensation provisions and death and disability awards were cut by the government. -- BERNAMA