True representation for the working class is the ethos of a new political party that is staging its first public meeting in Dubbo at the weekend.
Representatives of the Restore the Workers’ Rights Party (RWRP) strongly reject any affiliation with established mainstream political parties.
In fact, it was their members’ dissatisfaction with the other parties that led them to form one of their own.
In Dubbo yesterday RWRP deputy registered officer Trevor ‘Snow’ Harris outlined the events that led to the formation of the party.
“It originated from a group of shearers that broke away from the Australian Workers Union (AWU) in 1994,” he said.
“This group enlisted the assistance of lawyer David McCabe, who eventually helped set up the RWRP.”
Mr Harris said the shearers were not getting fair representation from the AWU and less from the Australian Labor Party (ALP).
“In the past 30 years we’ve had more trouble with the AWU trying to block us than we’ve had trying to win improvements for our workers,” he said.
Dubbo RWRP member Tony Adams said he joined the party because of his faith in men like Mr Harris.
“Snow understands the issues,” he said.
“He knows how to represent the workers because he’s been one all his life.
“That’s what this party is all about, getting a fair go for the working class.
“The other parties don’t care – they are completely out of touch with working class families.”
The RWRP is standing for improvements to workers compensation rights, the reduction of political superannuation, an inquiry into Workcover premiums and payouts and the retention of existing tax rates for clubs.
The public meeting of RWRP is being held at the Vietnam Veterans’ Hall in Palmer Street on Saturday at 1pm. The party’s president David McCabe, registered officer Clifford Walford, party agent Barry Gissell and Mr Harris will be in attendance.
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