THERE were plenty of Curtis Island workers at Monday's union rally, despite earlier fears their days off may have been cancelled.

Union organisers thanked the company for the publicity, which was the result of an email telling workers their days off would not be approved on the day of the protest.

The matter was resolved after the Electrical Trades Union lodged an application in federal court.

Bechtel worker Andrew Keefe said he went for his grandchildren's future, describing the China trade agreement as one-sided.

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Mr Keefe said Chinese workers could come here but he believed Jetstar was refused access to Hong Kong because it was not Chinese.

"We have to protect what we have got," he said. 

Bechtel worker Andrew Keefe attended the protest march and rally in Gladstone on Monday.
Bechtel worker Andrew Keefe attended the protest march and rally in Gladstone on Monday.

 

"What's to one day stop them bringing in Chinese workers as police or nurses.

"I've got nothing against the Chinese. It's the fact a corporation can bring in their own workers and the money leaves Australia.

"Where would it stop? If we not careful it would be like 200 years ago when serfs got the crumbs off the noble's table."

Some Bechtel workers asked not to be photographed, saying the future loss of jobs was their big concern.



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