Workers to rally against IR laws



GLADSTONE workers will protest against the federal government's plans to change industrial relations laws at a rally being staged today.

Queensland Council of Unions Gladstone president Craig Giddins said the march, which would begin at the Queensland Railway Institute (QRI) Hall in Off Street and proceed up Tank Street to Anzac Park, would explain how the changes would affect local workers.

'Guest speakers will include Peter Lees from the Australian Metal Workers Union (AMWU), local councillor Chris Trevor, Australian Workers Union (AWU) representative Tony Beers and AMWU representative Terry Grieves as well as local workers,' Mr Giddins said.

He said unions had had a "groundswell of workers'' asking about the changes and concerned as to how they would be affected.

'We're hoping this rally will be a catalyst for people to talk about it ? people are scared they will lose their jobs, and we've already had cases in Gladstone where individuals have been threatened that once the changes come through they'll be forced to work overtime or be sacked,' he said.

The march will begin at the QRI Hall at 8.30am.



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