Jun 10, 2005

Albanese supports CFMEU Red and Green Ban on Demolition of Redfern Oval

Albanese supports CFMEU Red and Green Ban on Demolition of Redfern Oval

MEDIA RELEASE – Anthony Albanese MP – 10 June 2005

I was very pleased to hear the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) had imposed a Red and Green ban on the demolition of Redfern Oval.

The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, has failed to adequately consult the local community over the proposed bulldozing of Redfern Oval.

In response to Clover Moore’s arrogance, the CFMEU is once again standing up and fighting for the interests of a local community.

At a time when the Howard Government is proposing draconian industrial laws, the CFMEU’s stance is a reminder of the important role played by unions in our community.

Unlike Clover Moore, I believe there is a place for rugby league in South Sydney.

Redfern Oval and rugby league are an important part of the cultural heritage of South Sydney.

In many local residents’ eyes, Souths are the heart and soul of the South Sydney area.

The values of Souths are synonymous with those of the trade union movement.

Trade unions grew out of the need for working people to support each others collective interests in the work-place. Souths supporters successfully stood up for our right to be returned to the NRL. The trade union movement supported Souths in that struggle.

When I look around at our local community organisations, from junior rugby league to bowling clubs and from local music groups to meals on wheels, they will often be unionists organising the activities which help build our community.

I call upon Sydney City Council to come to its senses and take the time to consult the community over any proposals for Redfern Oval.