LITHGOW CFMEU executive Grahame Osbornetold this week’s meeting of Lithgow Council thatblame for the current Springvale Colliery crisisrests squarely with the NSW Government.
He said it was the government that had blindlyallowed the situation to develop over three yearsthat now meant 300 workers being stood downfrom this week while government agencies procrastinate.
“The government is clearly to blame for this,” hesaid.
Mr Osborne said it appeared there was no onein the government prepared to make a positivedecision.
“We don’t need more conditions and more hearings.
More conditions will mean this will takemonths rather than weeks to resolve,” he warned.
He said the union would seek public support ata mass community rally in Cook Plaza on Saturdayfrom 8.30 am.
He said the action was needed to impress on thegovernment the impact on miners’ wives and families.
“It will be a peaceful rally,” he predicted.
Mr Osborne said invitations ahd been sent toPremier Bair, Environment Minister Stokes (whohas ordered a second PAC hearing), Mines MinisterRoberts and Local Member Paul Toole to attend.
“If the Premier doesn’t care then we must takeLithgow to the Premier,” he said.
“We expect the rally to endorse taking busloadsof locals to Sydney.
“The Premier wanted Lithgow’s support whenhe wanted to sell off our power industry,” he pointedout.
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