Footy icon tackles WorkChoices? laws
By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
RUGBY league legend Tommy Raudonikis hit town last night to launch a union campaign against the federal government's new WorkChoices' legislation.
Mr Raudonikis was scheduled to meet with concerned workers last night at the Gladstone Leagues Club. "I am here to promote the 'Light the Fuse' campaign which is aimed at lighting the political fuse to blow away the Howard government and these unjust workplace laws,'' Mr Raudonikis said.
Mr Raudonikis was talking with union members outside the Orica construction site yesterday afternoon.
"We need to get John Howard out of government because we are going to lose all our rights and end up getting paid $10 an hour at this rate,'' Mr Raudonikis said.
"I am launching this campaign because I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren.
"These new laws are going to affect everyone.'' Mr Raudonikis said he was very passionate about the new WorkChoices' legislation.
"I am in this campaign for the long haul. "I want to see the worker get a fair go and they are not getting a fair go with these new laws,'' he claimed.
The 'Light the Fuse' campaign was launched in Rockhampton on Sunday to about 85 people.
A combined effort of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Electrical Trades Union, CFMEU mining division, CFMEU construction division and the Plumbers Union, the campaign is travelling throughout Central Queensland in a bid to distribute information on the impact of the new legislation to workers.
Electrical Trades Union organiser Craig Giddins said he was expecting several hundred people to attend Tommy Raudonikis' launch of the campaign in Gladstone last night.
"This issue is of great concern to the average working family and they want to know how it is going to affect them,'' Mr Giddins said.