The Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW claim at least 15 jobs will be on the line if State Government plans to privatise the cleaning services on intercity train services goes ahead.
Transport workers staged a protest outside local MP Paul Toole's office on Monday, furious at the State Government's attempts to axe their jobs.
However, Member for Bathurst, Paul Toole, who was not in Bathurst for the protest, and had not been contacted by the organisers about it, said the State Government has a policy, which has been in force for at least 12 months, that no regional jobs will be lost.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) NSW Secretary Alex Claassens, said the local MP and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads has failed to stand up for local transport jobs at risk from his government's transport decisions, which include plans to privatise the cleaning services on intercity train services and to remove train guards from the New InterCity Fleet.
"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. 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," Mr Claassens said.
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Local union organiser Helen Bellette, said union members had emailed Mr Toole and had received a response from his office that the matter be directed to parliament parliament, due to his portfolio.
But she said this was a local issue, and Bathurst, not Sydney, was where union members wanted to voice their concerns.
"For us this is a local issue, and we want to see our local member about keeping local jobs here.
"There are 15 cleaning jobs at risk in Lithgow, and we are here to voice our concerns to Paul Toole, he needs to do something to keep regional jobs," she said,
Mr Toole, who was in Yass on Monday as part of a roads project involving 83 local government areas, said the first thing he knew about the protest was when a reporter called to ask him about it on Monday morning.
.Mr Toole said people know he is "always available to talk" about issues affecting his electorate.
"They could have picked up the phone and organised a meeting at a later date that was suitable to both."
Mr Toole said the fact the organisers failed to do this shows "they have their own agenda", and were "not interested" in meeting with him. to discuss their concerns
Mr Toole reinforced the State Government's promise that "no regional jobs will be lost."
"This policy has been in play for 12 months, the cleaning services have been confirmed and in some cases stepped up," he said.