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Labor stands with workers at W.E. Smith Boambee - Government must do more



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SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES LABOR DUTY SENATOR FOR PAGE

SENATOR THE HON JENNY MCALLISTER SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES LABOR DUTY SENATOR FOR COWPER

LABOR STANDS WITH WORKERS AT W.E. SMITH BOAMBEE - GOVERNMENT MUST DO MORE

Labor’s Duty Senators for Cowper and Page have called upon W.E. Smith at Boambee to come to an agreement with their workers on missing wages and super, and for the Government to do more to support them and their families.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union has begun paying members from their funds, as workers struggle to make ends meet. Workers are owed superannuation and wages payments that have been missing or intermittent for up to 12 months.

The missing super payments come just as the Turnbull Government has introduced legislation that would reduce penalties for not paying super on time and in full.

“Paying workers their wages and superannuation should not be optional,” said Cowper Duty Senator Jenny McAllister. “Cases like this show the importance of having proper protections for workers and their families. At the same time as the Turnbull government is trying to slash these protections, Labor stands with the local community, fighting for their j

obs and their entitlements”.

“Labor calls on the local National Party members to stand up for the community. It shows that the Nationals priorities are all wrong. Instead of supporting local workers and

jobs, they’re lining up to support Turnbull’s agenda of cutting protections for workers” said Senator Doug Cameron.

“The AMWU deserves praise for coming to the aid of their members. When the Turnbull Government wants to demonise unions and union members, it’s the union that is stepping in here to support local families, not the local Nationals or their Liberal masters in Canberra.

“Labor will continue to fight for the local communities of Cowper and we call upon the Nationals MPs in the area for once to break ranks with the Turnbull Government and do the same” said Senator Cameron.

MONDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2016

MEDIA CONTACT: REUBEN RAY (MCALLISTER) 0402 821 188

LUKE WHITINGTON (CAMERON) 0422 265 775

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