They may still be locked out but Port Kembla Coal Terminal workers have been keeping busy.
As part of a planned series of community work projects, six workers were at Dapto Anglican Church’s play group to fix playground equipment and do some gardening.
The CFMEU district vice president Bob Timbs said it was better for the workers than sitting on the picket line.
“We could sit over there and feel angry and sorry about being locked out or we could cop it on the chin and go out in the community and do some work,” Mr Timbs said.
“It’s better being out here doing some good stuff rather than sitting at the picket line doing nothing.”
The play group co-ordinator Heather Boardman said it was “amazing” to have six men turn up for four hours – a total of 24 hours of work.
Ms Boardman said they did have volunteers helping out but the coal terminal workers had gotten through a lot of work in a short time.
“We could only get three or four people together, so it would have been months before we could get it done.”