ETU’s “Light on the Hill” campaign against privatisation of State Government assets starts this week
Putting labour values back into Labor
The Electrical Trades Union’s (ETU) Statewide campaign against the privatisation of State Government assets will commence this week.
The Light on the Hill campaign will include workplace meetings, rallies, public meetings in regional cities, radio and newspaper advertising and literature drops.
The advertising starts in north Queensland this Thursday, with the first public events being held in Cairns next Monday, 22 June. The campaign will then work its way down the coast over the next two weeks with a major rally scheduled for Brisbane on Friday July 3.
Today’s ETU announcement coincides with the unveiling of the State Government’s 2009-10 budget, which is expected to include proceeds from the sale of a number of State Government corporations including most of Queensland Rail.
ETU secretary, Peter Simpson, said the campaign is about stopping this fire sale of State Government assets and putting labour values back into the Labor Party.
“ETU members strongly oppose the sale of public assets such as Queensland Rail and the port authorities. We are far from convinced that selling off important public assets is a sensible long-term response to these short-term economic difficulties.
“We also believe that if the State Government gets away with this then things such as electricity and water will be next. That would be an even bigger disaster for the people of Queensland,” Mr Simpson said.
Ongoing Light on the Hill campaign details will be released ahead of each event.
Media inquiries: Peter Simpson 0419 721 041
John Moran 07-3366 9010, 0410 603 278
Brisbane Socialist Alliance public meeting: Stop Bligh's Sell-off!
For anyone angered by the Bligh government's plans to privatise Qld public assets.
Peter Simpson --State Secretary Electrical Trades Union
Paul Benedek -- Socialist Alliance
Worklife -- Speaker to be confirmed.
(plus further speakers to be confirmed)
ETU Campaign Resources