Tomorrow morning, May 3 at 8am, members of the Newcastle community, workers and supporters will stage a rally at Kooragang to demand the management of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group overturn their non-union wage agreement.
The agreement, struck in the dying days of Work Choices in June last year, means NCIG workers receive a base rate of pay 17 percent lower than workers at the existing Port Waratah Coal Services facility. Under the new agreement their will be a huge cut in entitlements including overtime, super, public holiday pay and annual leave loading.
The rally will be addressed by speakers including
- Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary, MUA
- Tony Sheldon, National Secretary, TWU
- Gary Kennedy, Secretary, Newcastle Trades Hall
- Steve Wright, Freight Organiser, RTBU NSW
- Ingrid McCulloch, PWCS Worker
- Robert Coombs, Member for Swansea
This is a community rally and the public are welcome and invited to join in and show their support.
WHAT: Rally for wage justice at Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) terminal
WHERE: NCIG Coal Terminal, Egret Street (off Cormorant Drive), Kooragang Island, Newcastle.
WHEN: 8am Monday May 3
Seth Tenkate 0408 463 199
Tanie Sansey 0410 525 869
Michael Meagher 0410 482 367