'Savings wear thin': Curtis Island worker jobless for a year

UNION bosses are urging Gladstone workers to get politically savvy ahead of the Federal election next month.

Union heavyweights, including Queensland Council of Unions general secretary Ros McLennan and the CFMEU's general secretary Michael O'Connor, spent last night with Gladstone workers fleshing out the burning issues which matter most to them.

Terry Cotter (right) has been searching for a job in Gladstone and Boyne for almost a year.
Terry Cotter (right) has been searching for a job in Gladstone and Boyne for almost a year.

Ms McLennan said she's making sure workers carry the conversation on with "neighbours, colleagues, and mates" yet to decide who to vote for, adding "the only thing that keeps working Gladstone families up at night is jobs".

"Decent secure jobs that provide for themselves and their families is at the forefront of their minds," she said.

Job seeker Boyne man Terry Cotter, a crane driver who has been out of work since losing his job on Curtis Island in July last year, said it isn't a matter of where he'd applied for a job, but "more like which one I haven't tried."

"You prepare for it," he said. "You put a bit of money away, if you've got half a brain."

"But it's starting to wear thin."

Mr Cotter believes his difficulty in finding work is in part because the Federal Government is handing out too many visas to foreign workers, saying "so many of the jobs out there go to foreign workers".

Ms McLennan said Gladstone's future job prospects are interwoven with this "whole suite" of policies which ensure workers are fit and ready for work.

Mr O'Connor pre-empted a union led election campaign, saying he's "confident" Ken O'Dowd could be unseated if voters organised themselves.

"The only winner in a swing seat is the community."



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