TRANSPORT workers in Bathurst will take to the streets in protest on Monday against the government's "attempts to axe their jobs".
They claim that Bathurst MP and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, has failed to stand up for local transport jobs at risk, Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW secretary Alex Claassens says.
Mr Claassens said the government's decisions include include plans to privatise the cleaning services on intercity train services and to remove train guards from the New InterCity Fleet.
The protest will be held outside Mr Toole's Bathurst office on Howick Street at 1pm.
"The jobs of local public transport workers within the Bathurst electorate are on the chopping block as a direct result of his government's decisions," Mr Claassens said.
"It's critical the local MP sit down with local transport workers to discuss the impact it will have on them, their families and the whole community."
The jobs of local public transport workers within the Bathurst electorate are on the chopping block as a direct result of his government's decisions.Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW secretary Alex Claassens
Mr Claassens said Mr Toole "should be doing everything it takes" to protect the jobs of workers in his electorate, particularly during the current difficult times.
"It seems Minister Toole and his colleagues have forgotten their recent commitment to championing regional jobs. We're here to remind him of that promise," he said.
Mr Claassens said the rally outside the MP's office is part of an ongoing campaign to protect transport jobs - including our vital regional jobs - at risk from the NSW Government's decisions.
"The NSW Government's moves to privatise the cleaning services on our intercity trains is a shocking attack on commuters and local workers at the best of times. To do it during COVID-19 when these cleaners have been putting themselves in harm's way to keep us safe is beyond disgraceful," he said.
"The moves to remove train guards from the New InterCity Fleet is another shocking decision that will not only cost local jobs but will also put the lives of commuters at risk.
"The Berejiklian Government is making some shameful transport decisions for everyone across the state, but these decision will affect local workers who will be out of a job at a time when we need good, public, regional jobs more than ever.
"We all know that jobs are hard to come by in regional areas at the best of times. You'd think a local member would be doing anything he could to protect the existing jobs from disappearing."
The Western Advocate contacted Paul Toole to determine whether he would be in his Bathurst office on Monday or come outside to meet with protesters, but could not reach him.
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