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D-Day for TMR workers coming

Emerald Department of Transport and Main Roads office.
Emerald Department of Transport and Main Roads office.

TODAY could be D-Day for Emerald and Barcaldine Department of Transport and Main Roads workers on a knife-edge about their fate.

Gregory MP Vaughan Johnson last week pushed back against his own government's stance on job cuts, declaring any loss of TMR workers to be a devastating blow to the region and vowed to fight for his constituents.

His impassioned statement secured him a meeting with TMR director general Michael Caltabiano and Minister for Roads Scott Emerson, the outcome from which he said was "positive".

He remained tight-lipped as to the details of the announcement, but was confident the outcome was what the Central Highlands and surrounding region required.

"All I'm saying is the meeting was very fruitful and very productive," Mr Johnson said.

"I'm happy with the outcome. Under the current financial climate, it's a better outcome than anticipated."

Mr Johnson had declared job cuts would happen "over my dead body".

Workers were last week contacted via phone and told they had the option of relocating to Rockhampton or resigning.

They were also told a letter would be posted to them by the end of September regarding the future of their jobs.

A spokesman for Mr Emerson said the State Government had identified at least 1970 jobs to be cut, but warned the review process was ongoing across Queensland and more positions could be identified.

"The department is working as quickly as possible to finalise the review process in the coming weeks and provide certainty for staff," the spokesman said.

"About 75% of the reduction will be from the Brisbane area."

Mr Johnson's fight to retain frontline positions in Emerald and surrounding regions was praised by the State Opposition in Parliament yesterday, with ALP leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and deputy leader Tim Mulherin using the inflammatory quote against the LNP.


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