Union warns MP to toughen up

MARYBOROUGH MP Anne Maddern has been told to toughen up and prepare for a fight after she labelled a Together Union postcard campaign misleading and a waste of members' fees.

The postcards are addressed to individual MPs and call for people to sign the card to register their concern against the LNP.

They are part of a wider campaign against the public service job cuts that have so far seen hundreds of workers made redundant.

Mrs Maddern said the union had misled people by indicating the postcards, which began arriving in letterboxes this week, were being sent directly to the MPs.

"The tear-off section might have my name at the top, but each postcard is being sent straight to the Together Union in Brisbane for the union's own secret purposes," she said.

Together Queensland lead regional organiser Jim Nilon said the postcards were sent to a central address before being forwarded to about 15 MPs targeted in the campaign because of Australia Post rules.

He said the LNP had chosen to debate whether they had a local address to send the cards to rather

"They are very thin-skinned," he said.

He said the union would make sure the public would not forget the actions of the LNP and Mrs Maddern with more than 800 days before the next election.

Mrs Maddern said the government had continuously tried to meet with the union to find savings.

"All we've seen so far is political stunts."

She also said the campaign raised issues of privacy.

"I'm very concerned that some people might use the postcard as an opportunity to raise other issues with me by writing a private message on it, thinking it will be sent to my office," she said.



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