UPDATE 12pm: 

AUSTRALIAN Workers Union boss Tony Beers laid bare his feelings on industry cuts back at a rally at Gladstone's Apex Park this morning.

He singled out Rio Tinto, NRG, Cement Australia and UGL in a passionate speech in front of a crowd of 50 union members, which included QAL and NRG workers.

"They should hang their heads in shame," Mr Beers told the crowd.

"They've been threatening our workers if they don't reduce our rates, your rates and conditions, that they'll lose their contracts, and then I'll get someone else in.

"So these companies start laying their workers off."

He said companies are reducing their work forces and then attempt to renegotiate enterprise agreements that are "inferior" for workers.

"They end with four workers left in their workshop and then they seek to vary the agreement, they go and vary the deal to reduce the terms and conditions.

"They get three people to vote it up, and then go and register it.

"The unions are walking away from them, we're not putting our name on it -- we're not going to sell the workers out."

UPDATE 9.20am: 

UNION members have gathered in Gladstone's Apex Park this morning to protest against recent cut backs in Gladstone's major industries. 

About 50 AMWU members have gathered at the park.

Union representatives are expected to talk about the recent cut backs at Queensland Alumina Limited and NRG Power Station.

EARLIER: 

AUSTRALIAN Manufacturers Workers' Union will be holding a rally this morning at Apex park to raise concerns about major industry in Gladstone putting pressure local contractors and employees.

Representatives will also talk about the recent cut backs at Queensland Alumina Limited and NRG Power Station.

The rally at 9am is expected to have about 200 people but the licence is for 300 people. 

More to come. 

The rally against QAL cuts will be held at Apex Park.
The rally against QAL cuts will be held at Apex Park.


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