Queensland unions have roasted the LNP over its continuing inaction on addressing unemployment at crisis levels across the state.
Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Ros McLennan said latest ABS figures showed that some regional communities were battling with double digit unemployment*, well above May’s national figure of 5.7 per cent (seasonally adjusted).
On Friday unions rallied outside an exclusive riverside venue - above - where Foreign Minister Julie Bishop held a fundraising morning tea for the LNP. (See more pictures on our Facebook page)
Ms McLennan said the rally let Foreign Minister Julie Bishop know that her federal government’s inaction on unemployment was not good enough.
“Secure jobs for Aussie workers across many industries are being outsourced or sent offshore, crippling local economies that are already facing challenges through the threat of wage cuts and increasing casualisation of work,” she said.
“While the latest ABS original figures for the past quarter show the unemployment rate is at 13.2 percent in Townsville, and over 10 percent in Cairns, the LNP’s only solution seems to be cake and coffee.
“It shows out how out of touch the LNP leadership has become with the priorities facing Queensland families.
“It hasn’t raised a peep against the big end of town’s push to cut weekend penalty rates which will strip billions from economies across the state.
“And the LNP’s plan for young jobseekers is churn-and-burn internships on $4 an hour all the while cutting training and education funding that would actually make a difference.
“While families across the country struggle with simply finding work, the LNP’s leaders are enjoying a morning tea at a price that would put food on the table for the increasing number of jobless Queenslanders,” she said.
*Original figures averaged over past three months, (6291.0.55.001 Labour Force, Australia, Detailed - Electronic Delivery).