Privatisation will costHunter ‘hundreds of jobs’

Privatisation will cost Hunter ‘hundreds of jobs’ The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak
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The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds: TAFE teacher Mark Powell addresses the crowd. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds: NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, Deborah Langbridge addresses the crowd. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds. Picture: Simone De Peak

The Trades Hall anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle sheds: Two-year-old Leuca Wiebford shows her support. Picture: Simone De Peak

TweetFacebookJob losses, no newapprentice rolesand limited TAFE opportunities- that was the message from speakers at Saturday’s anti-privatisation rally at Honeysuckle Sheds.

About 400 people attended the rally organised by Newcastle Trades Hallwhere theyheard fromworkers in industries facing job cuts as a result of privatisation.

Speakers included Hamiton TAFE teacher, Mark Powell,Deborah Langbridge from NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, andRachel Smoothy from Support Worker and Disability Services.

“The community is against privatisation,” saidrally organiser and Secretary of Newcastle Trades Hall Council, Daniel Wallace.

“The bigissue for us is that the unemployment wasup from 5.9per cent three years ago to 12.4 per cent, that’sthousands of workers losing their jobs”, says Mr Wallace.

According to Mr Wallaceprivatisation will add to the ranks of the unemployed, with young people bearing most of the brunt.

“When they [government]even mentioned the saleof poles and wires, theelectricity industry stopped putting on apprentices and that cost about 500 youngpeople apprenticeships,we’ve got about 18 to 19 per centyouth unemployment in the region.”

“There’s no doubt that Newcastle has been the engine room for the state …a lot of work has gone into diversifying into different areas and we can’t start closing industries in this region”.

The Newcastle Herald

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