YOUNG GUN: Sam Woodiwiss, aged 13, took this image at Bulli Beach. Send your image to [email protected]苏州美甲培训419论坛 or tag us via @illawarramerc.RESTORING COMMON CAUSEThe excellent contribution ‘Enough is Enough’ (Illawarra Mercury, Saturday, December 10)from Denise Meredith; segued well into the Mercury’s banner headline and examples of unemployed workers being required to accept obscene conditions of employment in order to obtain a job.
That many employers can get away with cashing in on the desperation unemployment creates,I believe, can be directly attributed to the demise of unionism across Australian industries.
Fred Moore and others of his era employed in the coal industry, secured the much needed improvements to conditions of employment as a consequence of the Miners Federation policy of compulsory union membership.
This policy ensured Common Cause was not merely the name of the unions weekly newspaper but also, the fundamental principle applied by coal miners and mining communities.
Compulsory unionism successfully prevented coal companies from playing one worker against another in terms of conditions of employment.
Ironically, it was not a conservative government which managed to breach that nexus; this can be laid squarely at the feet of the Hawke government and the ACTU spin master Bill Kelty.
The current problems with contractors in the coal industry can best be resolved by restoring compulsory unionism and the Common Cause unionism creates.
Barry Swan, Balgownie
JUST GET ON WITH ITIn his letter published in the Illawarra Mercury (December 12, 2016) addressing concerns raised by a constituent residing in his own electorate regarding the Albion Park Rail Bypass, Gareth Ward has stated that the Government will start this project in the 2018-19 financial year.
The Member for Kiama remains reluctant however to provide a tangible schedule for the construction of this key piece of infrastructure. I believe that the NSW Government is deliberately stonewalling when it comes to this project and will delay the start of construction until the start of 2019 to coincide with the next state election.
With significant population growth in the region and increased traffic volumes, this investment no longer requires justification. Mr Ward simply needs to come good on his 2015 election commitment, stop the buck passing, and get on with building the bypass as a matter of urgency.
Anna Watson MP, Shellharbour City Centre
LEADER THE PROBLEMNever in the past five years was there a period when the developed world was unaware Bashar al-Assad was systematically destroying Syria and its people.
Evidence of atrocities by their dictator leader gave an almost certain feeling of another Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan drawn-out war, while no country took on the obvious problem … their leader.
Now with thousands dead and their country in ruins Assad claims victory.
Brian Johnson, Gymea
A SPLIT SECONDFar too many lives have been lost on NSW roads this year and hundreds more affected by devastating and often life changing injuries.
Alarmingly, 370fatalities have already been recorded, 40more than this time last year.
As a motor vehicle accident lawyer I have seen how a split second accident can have a lifelong effect on those involved, their families and the surrounding community.
It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to ensure the safety of NSW road users, especially during the holiday season when there will be more activity in the community and more vehicles on the road.
Genevieve Henderson, Slater and Gordon Practice Group Leader
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