NRG workers protest out front of the power station.
NRG workers protest out front of the power station. Mike Richards GLA130217NRGALLERY

'Very nasty': NRG workers protest outside power station

FIFTY NRG Power Station workers stood out in the pouring rain to protest against a potential cancellation of their workplace agreement this morning.

If the current agreement was cancelled, workers said it would make it easier for NRG to bring in contractors at a reduced rate of pay, which could see permanent workers lose their jobs.

Central Queensland organiser for the Electrical Trade Union, Craig Giddins, said NRG was also looking at bringing in a two tiered pay system, which would mean "new starters" would be paid less.

Although a rainbow arched over the workers, who were out the front of NRG before their shift started, it appeared that workers weren't after any pots of gold.

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union state organiser for Gladstone, Phil Golby, said workers weren't interested in a wage rise.

"They've said they're happy with a 0% wage increase," Mr Golby said.

"What the guys want is to make sure they keep the terms and conditions we have here at the power station, (to) look after jobs and make sure the contractors who come on site get paid the same.

Mr Golby said he had "found" documentation that revealed NRG wanted to cancel the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

"We have had talks with management and they keep on trying to push their agenda...they want to take away terms and conditions...it's very nasty," he said.

It's understood that a meeting will take place later this week to discuss the cancellation of the current EBA.

The Observer has contacted NRG for comment.

More to come.


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