The Coal Terminal Action Group (CTAG) today committed to support the campaign by workers at Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS) to protect their workplace conditions.
CTAG spokesperson Paul Winn said that it was not in the interests of the Newcastle community for workers at the loaders to have their job security undermined by cost saving measures designed to protect the profits of coal companies.
CTAG has criticised both PWCS and the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group for failing to implement best practice dust minimisation such as covering stockpiles, wagons and conveyors.
“We don’t critisise the men and women working at the coal loaders but the coal companies and the Governments who are putting profits before the health and wellbeing of the Newcastle community.
“CTAG is fully behind the workers’ industrial action and wishes them all success."