Job losses focus of May Day march as Maric calls for Gee's attention

LOCAL ISSUES: Central West Community Union Alliance spokesman Joe Maric. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

LOCAL ISSUES: Central West Community Union Alliance spokesman Joe Maric. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

THE Central West Community Union Alliance (CWCUA) spokesperson Joe Maric says next Sunday’s May Day march is a chance for locals to highlight concerns over future job losses in the region.

Mr Maric said despite last year’s announcement about the planned closure of Electrolux at the end of 2016, staff still didn’t know about their employment prospects.

“Electrolux are no closer to knowing about their future now than they were 12 months ago,” Mr Maric said.

“We will also we marching about penalty rates, we don’t want the government to get rid of them.

“The march is a good opportunity to make people aware of these issues and campaign to stop things like getting rid of penalty rates from happening.”

Mr Maric said many CWCUA members were still angry about member for Orange Andrew Gee’s comments about the dwindling importance of unions after last year’s May Day march.

“I think he needs to listen to his electorate, workers are waiting to see if their local member will stand up for them [when it comes to job losses],” he said.

“I think he needs to concentrate on local issues, rather than state issues.”

Mr Gee declined to comment on Mr Maric’s concerns.

Mr Maric said he hoped to attract 350 people to the May Day march that kicks off at 11.30am in Cook Park and ends with a barbecue in Robertson Park.

tracey.prisk@fairfaxmedia.

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