This rally was organised by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA
) and its target was a Pacific Brands factory.
The work of unions such as the TCFUA
(Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia) is commendable, particularly their efforts to obtain justice for members who have lost entitlements due to employers' collapse (such as those at Braybrook Manufacturers in Melbourne, makers of Pelaco shirts, that folded in August, 1999), or who have been cheated by 'phoenix companies'--those that collapse and then rise again under a different name.
To date some 45 women from 13 unions (AMWU, AMIEU, ASU Services, ASU Clerical, CPSU, FSU, LHMWU, NTEU, QIEU, QPSU, QNU, QTU, and TCFUA
), as well as the QCU, have been declared worthy recipients of hatpins.