National campaign to ‘Save Dave’ after undie protest sacking

Save Dave.


It’s thesmall, two-word slogan at the centre of amassiveunion-led fight to get sacked Appin miner Dave McLachlan his job back.

The Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) has joined forces with theAustralian Council of Trade Unions(ACTU) to embark on a national campaign against mining company South32.

Dubbed ‘Save Dave’, thecampaign includesa short video and other multimedia elementsthat willbe distributed across social media and on free-to-air television.

Union representatives will also meet with federal politicians in Canberra next week to discuss Mr McLachlan’s sacking.

Anumber ofprotestrallies are also planned.

Saturday’sMay Day march in Wollongong willbe used to kick-off the campaign.

CFMEU official Bob Timbs Appin miners at the now-controversial undie protest in early March. Inset: Dave McLachlan

“Dave had an impeccable work record, he was sticking up for his mates and himself at work because the company had broken the law and breached their enterprise agreement. Because he protested, they terminated his employment for it.”

The action comes after Mr McLachlan’semploymentwas terminated by South32 on April 19, sixweeks after he led an undiesprotest overminers’work clothes and alaundry service.

National campaign to ‘Save Dave’ after undie protest sacking to get sacked Appin miner Dave McLachlan his job back, as union launches legal, local-news, 2017-05-04T18:15:00+10:00 at Appinwore their underwear for 10 minutes on March 7, to highlightissues with South32’s supply ofwork clothes and a delay of more than a year in providing a promised laundry service.

Mr McLachlan –the CFMEU’s Appin Colliery lodge president – was stood down for three weeks after the protest andlaterasked to “show cause” why he shouldn’t have his job terminated.

FIGHT CONTINUES: CFMEU members Lee Webb (left) and Dave McLachlan on April 19 – the day Mr McLachlan was sacked after an earlier protest at the Appin Colliery. The dismissal has sparked a national campaign. Picture: Robert Peet

Leaked images of the undies protest were published by a number of Illawarra media outlets.

According to the CFMEU, South32 saidthe pictures were inappropriate.

CFMEU launches legal action against South 32Meanwhile, the CFMEUhasfiled an application to have South32and five of its managersprosecuted in the Federal Court over what it claimed was a breach of their legal obligations under the Fair Work Act.

The action relates to South32 managersallegedly refusingto provide replacement work clothes and a laundry service for miners at the Appin Colliery, as required under their enterprise agreement.

“South32’s refusal to comply with the agreement is a disgrace and workers who had reached the end of their tether decided to act with a 10-minute protest action,” Mr Timbs said.

“This action by the company to sack Dave in response is bullying and intimidation at its worst and the union will not stand for it.”