Workers unite to fight cuts

ONE VOICE: United Services Union organisers (from left) Jed Lawton, Ian Fayle and Tyrone Lynch were present at the Riverina Community Union Alliance held last night. Picture: Les Smith Sparked The War surges to the front in last Saturday’s heats of the Tara Greyhound Equipment Mixed series at Tamworth. A box three start awaits the heat winner at Tamworth tomorrow. Photo: Grant Robertson 291212GRA01
Nanjing Night Net

THE launch of the Riverina Community Union Alliance (RCUA) saw more than 40 people attend the Wagga RSL last night to discuss how to best make their voices heard in the wake of Barry O’Farrell’s budget cuts.

RCUA spokeswoman Michelle Mackintosh said the night was extremely productive and they would be holding another meeting in the next fortnight.

“The topics that came up included where to go from here, workers compensation, job losses, retaining services and many more,” she said.

“They all related around things that make the community go round.”

Jed Lawton, who is an organiser for the United Services Union, said although many people were put off by unions this was about working collaboratively with the public and standing up for the region.

“That’s the idea of this type of thing the union and people together working for a common goal,” he said.

Teacher Zora Zaric was also present at the evening and said she thought it was great to combine all voices so the message could be clear to the state government.

“I’m a member of the NSW Teachers Federation and I think this is a great way to make connections in our local community,” she said. “I think we’re entering a really difficult and volatile political climate.”

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