CMFEU Pledges $100 000 to Families of Pike River Victims

Australia’s primary union for construction, forestry, mining and energy production, CMFEU, has pledged $100 000 to the families of the Pike River Coal disaster victims.

Australia’s primary union for construction, forestry and forest products, mining and energy production, CMFEU, has pledged $100 000 to the families of the Pike River Coal disaster victims.
The Pike River Miners Family Support Trust was established by the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) in New Zealand, and will provide support to the families left behind by the explosion that killed 29 men in November.
The money will be split evenly between the community fund being administered by the Grey District Council and the education of the children of victims, with local union members appointed as trustees.
CMFEU National President Tony Maher says the union will do anything they can to give practical support to the families of those killed in the mine.
“We commend the EPMU for establishing the Pike River Miners Family Support Trust and want to do everything possible to assist,” he said.
“Our Union’s members understand better than most the terrible impact a mining tragedy has on families and communities – and one of this magnitude is truly devastating.
“Hopefully the CMFEU’s donation can assist the Trust in providing real support to the families affected.”
Australia Coal Miners will be represented at tomorrow’s Memorial Service in New Zealand by the National Vice-President of CMFEU, Ian Murray and Queensland District President Stephen Smyth.
The EPMU is collecting further donations to continue support for the families affected by the disaster.
 

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