AS workers took part in traditional Labour Day marches across Queensland, the LNP embarked on a deliberate campaign to create distress for thousands of workers employed in the state’s electricity industry.
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government is resolutely committed to protecting the jobs of frontline workers in the state’s power industry.
“The Opposition Leader and the LNP have no credibility when it comes to protecting jobs and Queensland workers. They sacked 24,000 staff across the public sector,” Mr Bailey said.
“Their plan was to privatise Queensland’s income-generating assets, which would have led to more sackings and massive job cuts across the energy sector.”
Mr Bailey said John-Paul Langbroek’s “crocodile tears are embarrassing”.
“Labor has made a firm commitment to Queenslanders that there will be no forced redundancies in our plan to merge Ergon Energy, Energex and Powerlink,” he said.
“We will work closely with the government-owned energy corporations, employees and the unions to ensure that our assets continue to run efficiently and support industries and communities across Queensland.
“For the LNP to suggest otherwise only serves to cause a lot of unnecessary angst and distress for the state’s frontline electricity workers. They deserve better than that.
“Their job is not nine to five, they often work in difficult conditions and for that we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”