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Secretary’s wrap

Aug 8, 2014News


It seems the NSW Government has picked a fight with the wrong town.

Residents from Newcastle and surrounds converged on Maitland last week, to protest the State Government’s plans to rip up the rail line into the Newcastle CBD.

Among the crowd of protestors were a number of RTBU members and officials, all angry at the government short-sightedness. This is not a plan to benefit the people of Newcastle and the surround – this is a plan which delivers on developers’ wish-lists.

Over at QUBE, it seems management there is also picking battles with the wrong crowd.

After recently boasting on ABC radio about how well the multi-billion company is going, the Managing Director then turned around to its workforce and cried poor; essentially saying that QUBE couldn’t afford a fair wage increase because to do so would put the business under pressure and potentially call in the reviewers as happened at El Zorro.

It’s very interesting how a company’s message can change so quickly depending on its audience.

I hop you enjoy this edition of Loco Express. Stay safe on the tracks.

Bob Hayden
Secretary, Loco Division