|Issue No 27||20 August 1999|
Truckies Face Another Oakdale
The ink's not dry on the Howard Governmet's Oakdale settlement and another company has gone into liquidation owing ten workers an estimated $200,000.
Central Coast trucking company J-DemTransport this week informed employees it was going into liquidation without any prior warning of the companmy's financial state. They are left being owed redundancy pay, outstanding annual leave and rostered days off.
Sacked driver Spenser Morrison, who is nearing retirement and struggling to pay off his mortgage says he's owed some $25.000.
He's been told by company receivers that he'll get the money owed only when the banks are paid off - if there is any money left.
"I can't believe this has happened," Morrison says. "After 12 years they didn't even have the decency to tell me to my face."
The Transport Workers Union is organising a protest this Monday (August 23) - a picnic outside the home of J-Dem Transport companyowner John Vaugh - at 8 Platree Crescent, Warnervale.
TWU state secretary Tony Sheldon says the drivers' plight shows that the issue of employee entitlements will not be resolved until the government legislates on the issue. "There's always another Oakdale just around the corner," Sheldon says.
Miners Thank Rank and File
Meanwhile, the naitonal executive of the CFMEU Mining Division have paid tribute to rank and file members who backed the Oakdale miners with a decisive 24-hour national coal strike.
The executive have written to members, after Prime Minister John Howard rolled Peter Reith to find the $6.3 million in unpaid entitlements owed to the miners.
"Your concern and commitment to pursuing justice for the Oakdale miners and their families was the key to this historic victory," the letter said.
"Last Friday's national coal strike drove the message home to the public and the Federal Government that the issue was not going to fade away."
But they've warned that they will oppose plans by Reith to abolish the $240 million Long Service Leave Fund.
The CFMEU is now planning a movement-wide campaign around the Oakdale issuing, highlighting the value of union membership.
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