|Issue No 52||05 May 2000|
Clemo Fights for Wage Justice
Ringside with HT Lee
CFMEU scaffoler Justin 'Clemo' Clements was cheered on by hundreds of building workers as he entered the boxing ring. at Star City Casino on Friday 28 April.
He was proudly displaying a large placard saying: 'I Support Casino Workers Fight.'
The placard was clearly visible and would have been seen by
hundreds of thousands of viewers on Fox Sky TV.
The casino workers are fighting for better wages and conditions including the questions of passive smoking and intoxicated patron behaviours.
Justin easily won his title fight on points against his tough Maori opponent John Pulo who was built like a solid brick wall.
The fight lasted the whole eight rounds with Pulo taking the full punishment from Justin but refusing to give in.
Justin was also spotted with a CFMEU cap when he entered the ring and his team of trainers wore CFMEU polo t-shirts with the slogan: 'CFMEU Union Fighter.'
At the end of the fight Justin put back his cap and gave the CFMEU supporters a thumps up salute. He said: 'I am proud to be union and I fully support the casino workers fight for wage justice.'
The casino is making mega profits and its about time they listen to their hard working workers and gave them their proper wages and conditions.
Justin will be off to Italy next where he will be fighting for the cruiser-weight title.
Passive Smoking Laws Welcomed
Meanwhile a State Government decision to ban smoking in enclosed spaces has left Casino workers out in the cold, with gaming tables not included in the ban.
The issue of passive smoking, particular on dealers, is one of the key issues driving the current campaign at the Casino.
With Casino management refusing to budge on the issue and ban smaking at the tables, workers had hoped the government initiative would force the issue.
The workers, members of the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union are now planning a campaign to place pressure on authorities to extend the ban.
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