THE passion of Maryborough's union leaders was there for all to see outside the Chronicle office on Thursday afternoon.
Following editor Mat Nott's comment piece in yesterday's paper about silence from the CFMEU in regard to jobs being lost in the Heritage City, Laurie Genrich gathered some union members to protest.
Mr Genrich is the assistant state secretary of the CFMEU, and he was livid.
"He has done damage to our organisation, and unjustifiably so," Mr Genrich said.
"When he attacks the unions he attacks the workers."
Brad Hansen from the AMWU said anyone casting judgement over recent union performance should first look to the history of union activity in Maryborough.
Mr Hansen said unions had a proud tradition of protecting jobs and the rights of workers in industrial jobs in Maryborough.
Mr Genrich demanded a retraction of Mr Nott's comment piece.