To: South32


After months of fighting on the ground and in the courts, Dave McLachlan has won reinstatement from South32. A big union win that just goes to show that when we come together and support each other against the unfair scare tactics of these big companies, we win!

CFMEU Mining and energy delegate Dave McLachlan has been sacked for leading a 10 minute protest at Appin Colliery.

If ever there was a industrial dispute that proved that Australia’s Industrial laws are broken – this is it.

Why is this important?

The vindictive sacking of Dave McLachlan is a perfect illustration of just how stacked Australia’s industrial laws work in favour of big business and against ordinary workers and why they need to be changed.

As the rank and file miners President at South 32’s Appin colliery, Dave led a 10-minute novel protest before the start of day shift on 7 March. The miners held a meeting dressed in helmets, boots, shirts and undies in a light hearted gesture to highlight the company’s year-long refusal to honour its legal obligation to supply the workers with new work clothes.

With their point made, the miners donned their dirty company work clothes, because the company had also failed to provide a laundry service since July last year. They were back at work 10-minutes later.

In a massive over-reaction, South 32 singled out Dave for the severest punishment and sacked him.

Dave has worked at the Appin Colliery for 16-years and has an unblemished work record. He has never been disciplined or ever warned.

For the past 10-years Dave has been the CFMEU rank and file President at Appin and a leader in ensuring the colliery had been one of the most industrially harmonious and productive in the coal industry.

Dave is a 30-year veteran of the coal mining industry, a local, hard working family man. His family and his work mates are devastated by South 32’s vindictive and callous attack on Dave.

His sacking is completely against Australia’s community standards and values. We ask all fair-minded Australians who support a Fair Go to stand with Dave and demand South 32 immediately reinstate him.


Reasons for signing

  • Laws for workers are obviously very broken and this example shows they are not good enough.
  • The fact he was singled out!
  • Corporate greed needs to cease. Bernie Sanders in America was on the right track in regards to wealth proportion. You'll never see a politicians or corporate executives child at the work face having to defend their rights to go to work and come home safely. Be glad we have a job, BE GLAD WE TURN UP FOR THE GREEDY BASTARDS. Gladly support the brother's and sister's who stand for their rights.


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