Member for Whitlam, and Labor’s Spokesperson for Regional Services Stephen Jones, and Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird,  are calling on Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, to join the fight to get sacked Appin miner Dave McLachlan’s job back.


As the self-proclaimed best friend of the miners, Mr Joyce needs to work with South 32, the mining company who sacked Dave, to get him reinstated.


Dave first went down the mines at 16, and has worked in the industry for over 30 years. Far from a rebel rouser, Dave has an impeccable work history, and needs his job back to help support his family.


Dave’s “undies protest” was a light-hearted way to get South32 to address longstanding issues with providing the right protective clothing, and laundry services that were promised as part of their Enterprise Agreement.


After exhausting their other channels and delays of over a year, the workers staged the protest to stand up for their rights with the company.


Labor has met with and written to South32, raised the issue in Parliament, and is calling on Barnaby Joyce to step up and save Dave.


This is a knee jerk reaction, an overreach, and does not reflect community expectations for how workers should be treated.