Union plans rally against IR changes



THE Australian Workers' Union (AWU) is planning what it hopes will be the biggest rally in Gladstone in recent years next Thursday.

The march will be held to protest proposed federal government industrial relations changes.

The changes include creating a single national system, changing the way the minimum wage is set, placing new employees on six month probationary periods and exempting business with up to 100 workers from unfair dismissal laws. Gladstone AWU organiser Tony Beers said he expected strong support for the march.

'The key message is that irrespective of what side of politics you're on, these changes are no good for the worker,'' Mr Beers said.

'This will take industrial relations in this country back over 100 years.

'What chance has the next generation got if all the power goes holus-bolus to employers.'

Mr Beer said he expected 'quite a few hundred' people to attend the rally.

'Gladstone hasn't seen something like this, except for the Labor Day marches, for quite a few years,' he said.

'I've only been here since 1998 and there hasn't been anything planned like this since I've been here.'

The rally will start with a march at 9am from the QIR Club in Tank Street to Anzac Park.

Mr Beers said the rally was expected to go until 11am.



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