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The vindictive sacking of Dave McLachlan is a perfect illustration of just how stacked Australia’s industrial laws work in favour of big business and against ordinary workers and why they need to be changed.
As the rank and file miners President at South 32’s Appin colliery, Dave led a 10-minute novel protest before the start of day shift on 7 March. The miners held a meeting dressed in helmets, boots, shirts and undies in a light hearted gesture to highlight the company’s year-long refusal to honour its legal obligation to supply the workers with new work clothes.
With their point made, the miners donned their dirty company work clothes, because the company had also failed to provide a laundry service since July last year. They were back at work 10-minutes later.
In a massive over-reaction, South 32 singled out Dave for the severest punishment and sacked him.
Dave has worked at the Appin Colliery for 16-years and has an unblemished work record. He has never been disciplined or ever warned.
For the past 10-years Dave has been the CFMEU rank and file President at Appin and a leader in ensuring the colliery had been one of the most industrially harmonious and productive in the coal industry.
Dave is a 30-year veteran of the coal mining industry, a local, hard working family man. His family and his work mates are devastated by South 32’s vindictive and callous attack on Dave.
His sacking is completely against Australia’s community standards and values. We ask all fair-minded Australians who support a Fair Go to stand with Dave and demand South 32 immediately reinstate him.