Today crowds gathered to remember and pay tribute to the three workers killed in the Hilton bomb blast 39 years ago. USU General Secretary Graeme Kelly spoke at the service. This is a copy of his address as he paid tribute to the workers and their families.
Monday 13th February 2017 will be the 39th anniversary of the Hilton bombing. At about 12.40am on Monday 13 February 1978, a bomb hidden in a public garbage receptacle was unwittingly placed into the back of a garbage truck when the rubbish was emptied. It exploded inside the truck, outside the Hilton Hotel in George St, Sydney, instantly killing the two garbage men Alec Carter and William Favell going about their job at the back of the truck. The Late Constable Paul Birmistriw, stationed at the entrance of the hotel for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting (CHOGRM), died 9 days later of his injuries from the bomb blast. Former Constable Terry Griffiths was seriously injured and left the NSW Police Force ‘Hurt on Duty’. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser & twelve foreign leaders were staying at the hotel at the time of the explosion.
Many members at Georges River Council were issued with disheartening letters titled ‘Lateral transfer’, two weeks prior to Christmas which included factually incorrect and misleading information.
The United Services Union, which represents more than thirty thousand local government workers across NSW, has welcomed reports Premier Gladys Berejiklian will overturn Mike Baird’s controversial forced council amalgamation policy, instead giving residents a binding vote on the future of their local government.
Applications for the 2017 John Beacroft Sporting Grants are open from 1 January 2017 until 31 October 2017.
The Gransts are awarded to United Services Union members (or dependants), who demonstrate outstanding sporting attributes and with ambitions for higher achievements in the sport arena. The scholarship will meet expenses related to the sporting ambition. Recipients will embody the values and high standards of integrity that John Beacroft represented.
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