So the Chief Minister and his Chief Whip are confident that they can justify reducing the standard of living of 6,654 states employees. The Chief Minister has rubbed salt into the wound by telling the union leaders they " must face economic reality."
I suggest the Chief Minister looks beyond his fantasy world of smoke and mirrors to face political reality . The electorate did not vote him into the job, and 6,654 workers make up a substantial pressure group to lobby for his expulsion from the States.
As a former physics teacher he ought to remember Newton's Laws of Motion :
'For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction '