Clarence launch of Community Union

WORKING people from across the Clarence Valley will soon have the opportunity to join a new community trade union, giving them a voice to advocate for secure jobs, workplace rights and investment in better services.

Clarence Valley Community Unions aims to promote the broad interests of working people during a time of economic insecurity.

"Now, more than ever, working people need a strong voice to ensure their jobs and workplace rights are a priority to government, business and the broad community," secretary of Unions NSW Mark Lennon said.

Local spokesman Tony King said the region was facing a particularly difficult period, with uncertainty over a number of sectors as well as recent job losses after the closure of the abattoir and Telstra's Grafton call centre.

"We've also seen sustained attacks from the O'Farrell Government, which continues to undermine the rights of working people and he is now considering cutting staff ratios for nurses, police, teachers, firefighters and other vital public sector workers," Mr King said.

"This is our opportunity to have a co-ordinated voice on these issues, to defending local jobs and services."

Mr King said the group would be involved in advocating for better services across the region.

"Working people across the Clarence region need to be organised and active if we're to win more resources for our community and stop the Sydney-based political parties dictating to us," Mr King said.

"This is an exciting initiative and all working people in our region should get involved.

"This is our opportunity to have a say on issues affecting our community."

Clarence Valley Community Unions will be launched on Wednesday, April 18, at 6pm at the Grafton District Services Club, Mary St, Grafton.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting can email Robyn Griffith, rgriffith@unionsnsw.org.au.



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