Locals join national protest against IR laws

Hundreds of people from the Lismore-region are expected to take part in a nationwide protest next Thursday, November 30, against the Howard Governments controversial new workplace laws.

Organisers of the Lismore leg of the national day of action say local workers who have been hurt by the new industrial relations laws will share their experiences during a rally in Lismores CBD.

The protest day begins at the Lismore Workers Club at 8.30am with a live national broadcast from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, featuring a live performance by rock singer and campaign supporter Jimmy Barnes, followed by a march and rally in the CBD.

Northern Rivers Unionist Network spokesman Paul Doughty said the protest day promised to be a real demonstration of the sentiment of the community against these unfair laws.

Mr Doughty said the effect of the new laws in strengthening the hand of employers at the expense of employees and their families was much more pronounced in areas of high unemployment such as the Northern Rivers.

Unions, he said, were redoubling their efforts to show the new IR laws as unfair and bad for workers and businesses alike, following the recent High Court decision to uphold their validity.

During the rally in Lismore, part of the CBD will be closed to through traffic from 10am to noon.

Protest rallies will also be held on that day at the Ballina RSL Club, the Casino RSM Club, the Illawong Hotel in Evans Head and Kyogles Commercial Hotel. They all begin at 8.30am.

For more information phone Paul Doughty on 0418 290 945.


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