Union takes campaign against Ergon job cuts to the streets

STATE politicians John McVeigh and Trevor Watts have been put in the firing line over at least 28 Ergon Energy jobs pegged for slashing in Toowoomba.

The Electrical Trade Union has spelled out its feelings towards the LNP duo in no uncertain terms on a billboard a kilometre west of Leeson Rd on the Warrego Hwy in Charlton.

A further two large advertisement will be posted in the coming weeks, including one in Toowoomba's CBD.

State organiser Dan McGaw said the union was mincing no words in its message to the officeholders.

One of three billboards criticising State politicians John McVeigh and Trevor Watts over Ergon job cuts has been erected at Charlton.
One of three billboards criticising State politicians John McVeigh and Trevor Watts over Ergon job cuts has been erected at Charlton.

With 500 Ergon staff on the chopping block state-wide, Mr McGaw said the community should prepare for an understaffed season of severe weather.

"The billboard will make it quite clear to the local LNP members of parliament Trevor Watts and John McVeigh that this area expects the people they voted for as MPs to stand up for community interests," Mr McGaw said.

"If they don't they will be held accountable."

The first billboard was erected on Tuesday with the following two to be ready for the public eye next month.

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Mr McGaw claimed managerial misinformation was rife in the government-owned corporation.

The union has vowed to fight for every job.

"Ergon management has been out there saying there were only two jobs to go (in the south-west region) when in fact there are at least 62 with at least 28 in Toowoomba alone," he said.

"We could find ourselves unable to mobilise when we are most needed, in storms, floods and the devastation that follows."


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