Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Unionists Walk Streets to Oppose Asset Sale

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Unionists Walk Streets to Oppose Asset Sale

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Byline: Amy Glass

GLADSTONE: Nearly 200 unionists gathered in Gladstone on Saturday to take their fears over privatisation to the streets.

The workers were voicing their displeasure at Premier Anna Bligh's plans to sell state-owned asset Queensland Rail, as well as motorways, ports and forest plantations.

The plans were announced just before the state budget last month, angering unions who had supported the Labor Government's successful election bid earlier this year.

At the time the Government said it wanted to raise $15 billion from the sale of Queensland Rail's rail coal business, Queensland Motorways, the Port of Brisbane, Forestry Plantations Queensland, and the Abbott Point Coal Terminal.

Australian Metal Workers' Union state organiser Phil Golby said the Gladstone march had been successful.

"We weren't expecting a massive crowd due to the school holidays and it being a Saturday morning.

"So we were happy with the turnout. …

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