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Community patience running out over union action

CFMEU workers set up a pram at the Gladstone protest site signifying broken families.
CFMEU workers set up a pram at the Gladstone protest site signifying broken families.

MANY Gladstone residents are fed up with the protests and say enough is enough, but one Curtis Island delegate has a message for them.

Readers on The Observer's website said the workers should look for another job, accusing the union of being "above the law".

Mememe71 from Gladstone said she was sick of "all the moaning and groaning".

"If they don't like it then leave, it's as simple as that," she wrote.

"When they took the job they signed to say that they wanted to work those hours and those conditions, should we all change our minds once we have the job and say we want something different?"

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Billboard70 from Clinton went down to check out the CFMEU protests himself.

"All that I saw was a union working together. Great! Honk for a 'No', okay gives a little indication on the outcome of the vote.

"But the disgusting part was if you did not honk or was on a bus you were called all sorts of names but mostly grub bus and grubs.

"It appears that this organisation either cannot see that they are bullying others to do what they want or people are going to get jack of them and vote yes to spite what they are doing."

A Curtis Island delegate posted their thoughts on social media about the issue.

"We have a little more money because of the industry we are in and it is not without great sacrifice.

"We still pay off our cars and houses each week. We do it for our families. And yes we did know what we were signing up for and as such we have worked under those conditions, some of us for years, without complaint.

"But we also signed up knowing that this agreement would expire in June of 2014 and an opportunity would present itself for us to negotiate better conditions.

"I would ask the community to support us but I do not expect it.

"I am not a FIFO worker but I may be in the future and I will stand with my brothers and sisters to help them as I would hope they would do for me.

"Think of my precious little girl and all the other little sons and daughters and wives that miss out on dad for 300 odd days a year."

Topics:  cfmeu, curtis island, industrial action, strike



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