NSW govt forced to back down on plan to halve long service leave

THE NSW government has been forced to backed down from its plan to half the long service leave of new teachers, nurses and police officers.

The bill went to the Upper House on Thursday night, where Labor, the Greens and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers used their numbers to remove offending part of the motion.

The proposal, which was part of $3.2 billion in cuts to the public service sector, would have seen leave accruals after a decade of service reduced from five months to three months for each subsequent period of 10 years.

The government tried to defend the move, saying it was bring the state's long service leave entitlements in line with the rest of the country.

"The long service leave entitlements in NSW are 66 per cent greater than Victoria," Finance Minister Damien Tudehope said.

However, Labor's Adam Searle said there was no proper public discussion about the proposal in the budget led up.

"The government has again tried to pull a budget nasty through the back door, hoping nobody would watch. That is not the case. We have seen it," Mr Searle said.