When Anthony’s comrade and colleague, Warren Nugent, took the microphone and delivered his heart wrenching account of the tragic day, silence descended upon the conference room.
But instead of succumbing to his visible grief, Warren stayed unbelievably strong, offering advice and ideas for the union going forward in an effort to ensure others do not have to go through something similar in the future.
Warren admitted to being angry at the company, particularly for the callous way with which they dealt with Anthony’s death, but he also insisted the fault lay with everyone and not just with the company.
He said every time a worker succumbed to greed driven by the employer they cut a corner. Until eventually the corner inevitably became a bend and until that bend was eroded to become “a straight line to a death”.
The onus was on workers, he said, to not cut corners, to not turn the other way and to make sure the workplace was safe.