Tough for local miners

PEOPLE of the Hunter want to know why they can’t get mine jobs. Here are some reasons.

First, people want mine jobs but don’t want to leave the beach. Second, people outside the Hunter Valley want mine jobs, so they use fake addresses to stay inside the mine safety fatigue border. Third, people from other countries don’t have the same working conditions as we have in the valley, so big business tries to use that to bring ours down. Fourth, people of the Hunter are mostly unionised as far a mine jobs go, so that’s why our mine sites are full of West Australian workers on non-union contracts, taking jobs of Hunter Valley people, pushing up house prices, reducing our conditions and causing trouble.

If mining companies put on as many apprentices as the outside world, the skills shortage would be solved in four years. One apprentice for every tradesman.

John Blackman, Singleton

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