ANGRY WORKERS: The ETU rally in support of Swanbank workers outside MP Ian Berry’s office.
ANGRY WORKERS: The ETU rally in support of Swanbank workers outside MP Ian Berry’s office. David Nielsen

ETU brands MP 'invisible' after claim of aggression

IPSWICH MP Ian Berry has accused the Electrical Trades Union of mounting an aggressive disinformation campaign against him and of not being interested in reasonable dialogue.

But ETU state secretary Peter Simpson has hit back, labelling Mr Berry "the invisible man" for refusing to address union concerns.

The ETU held a rally attended by over 75 members last week in front of Mr Berry's Booval electorate office to protest at his attitude towards 33 job losses at the Swanbank E Power Station, which is run by the government owned Stanwell Corporation.

The ETU has also backed a giant sign erected in Bundamba that attacks Mr Berry for "failing to support local jobs".

But Mr Berry, who said he was happy to meet an ETU delegation in his office, said that "to organise a rally at my office on a parliamentary sitting week which makes it impossible for me to attend, might give you a good indication of the ETU's attitude towards constructive and reasonable dialogue".

"The ETU has mounted a campaign of misinformation," he said.

"They do not wish to engage in a proper conversation, only a highly aggressive campaign of slogans."

But Mr Simpson said Mr Berry had ignored repeated requests for dialogue.

"We knew it was a sitting week but in our experience, and the experience of other locals out there, he's not in his office on non sitting days in any event and doesn't particularly enjoy meeting with constituents," Mr Simpson said.

"How do you get a conversation with the invisible man?

"Our campaign is truthful, as we will soon see when they (the LNP) announce that they are selling the station and all government owned generation."


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