Last Saturday on my way to lunch at Fuku I passed this gathering of 1,000 or more people in Wollongong Mall.
More than 1,000 people have joined a rally in Wollongong to protest against the potential closure of BlueScope Steel’s major plant in Port Kembla, in the New South Wales Illawarra region.
The closure has prompted the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to call on the Federal Government to introduce protectionist measures to ensure the region’s economic future.
BlueScope Steel has flagged its intention to shed 500 jobs, equating to $200 million in savings, but up to 5,000 could be lost if the mill closes.
The company has been struggling, largely due to the regional oversupply and a flood of cheap exports pouring out of China, which produces about half of the world’s steel…
Back in September 2011 in a then rather different Crown Street Mall another large crowd: Jack Vidgen comes to Wollongong.