JOB REPRIEVE: Lismore RSL Club employee Sharon Pepper
JOB REPRIEVE: Lismore RSL Club employee Sharon Pepper

Union saves some RSL jobs, but 23 to go



SHARON PEPPER has had a terri- ble week, with her name cropping up on the rumour mill as one of the Lismore RSL Club workers to be out of a job after tomorrow. However, at a meeting yesterday, she and another 27 union members learned there were jobs for them at Goonellabah, even if their hours had been reduced. Sharon, who has been a cellar person at the club for 13 years, said she felt relieved but flat. "There were rumours about who was going to go," she said. "I would like to have a night's sleep. That would be good." It was a victory of sorts for the union after a day-long hearing in Sydney on Thursday in front of the Industrial Relations Commission. Union secretary John Barry said before the hearing a 'very signifi- cant number' of members, some with very long service records, were on the list to go. However, in the end, only one union member had lost his job. Out of 51 RSL staff, 15 people have lost their jobs and there were eight voluntary redundancies. Receiver David Leigh said affect- ed staff had yet to be officially noti- fied. "I understand the union has notified its members, so by a pro- cess of deduction (non-union) mem- bers will be able to work it out." Meanwhile, it is the last chance for a drink at the Market Street club tomorrow, with closing time still to be determined. n What do you think?

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