These retired members know what solidarity means
The Burragorang and South Western Districts Retired Mineworkers Association recently held their Christmas Dinner in Camden.
Retired mine workers and their families in the South Western District regularly come together to socialise, share a meal and catch up with their former work mates.
“The day had a great turnout and there was a good mix of people – friends and colleagues, and the event was enjoyed by all who attended,” said Peter Hestelow, Secretary of the Association.
“I spoke to a lot of people after the event and they all said the food was done beautifully, they were very pleased with the service and the extended raffle went well.”
This group also holds events throughout the year which includes day trips and overnight trips to resort areas and historical sites.
“We get all the retired miners and their families together for trips and dinners and they love these types of functions.
“I think it’s important that they have an opportunity to come together and have a chat and socialise.
“Next year we’re planning on going to the Coal Loader in Waverton and these events are great days out for retired miners and their families,” said Nancy Dimech, the Association’s Function Coordinator.
Unionism doesn’t stop at the end of your shift, when you leave the work site or when you retire. This spirit of solidarity we carry together continues.
The eventwas sponsored by Coal Services, Mining and Energy Union South Western District, Union Members from Tahmoor Colliery and Washery, SIMEC Mining, RStar Mining and various members who provided individual donations.
Our Union has often been at the centre of coal mining communities, and we are proud to sponsor and be involved with these types of events.