This badge was worn to protest against cutbacks to state rail services in NSW in the late 1980s.
I worked on the Railways in NSW for 12 years 4 months and 26 days. In
that time I worked as a Junior Station Assistant at Cronulla, a
Station Assistant at Mortdale and on the North Shore Line, a shunter
at Rozelle and Alexandria yards (both now closed), a train guard at
Sydney and an Assistant Station Master (Officer in charge) at
Rydal near Lithgow and Turrella. I also worked in various relieving
and was a union delegate for the Australian Railways Union,
just as my grandfather had been.
I wore this badge when I was relieving at Sydney Terminal Station Parcels Office, just as the
Greiner Liberal Government slashed almost all the country train
network and stopped parcels from being carried by passenger trains. We
knew our jobs would go as a result, and I wore this badge, a
promotional badge for train travel, in response. All my workmates knew
what it meant, that I thought, as did they, that our management and
our government were totally bananas.