WHEN Palmer United candidates Matt Adamson and Troy Wilkie first heard of the demise of the local UGL plant both admit to having been shocked and disappointed.
But once the initial shock wore off, they decided to get proactive and within days a peaceful protest was planned to take some of the affected employees of UGL, their families and any other concerned people, to Sydney to the doorstep of UGL's headquarters.
Both Mr Adamson and Mr Wilkie said they knew something needed to happen quickly and set the ball rolling for consultation with some of the employees from the site.
"I've spoken to some of the guys out there and it's clear that they haven't been represented in the right manner," said Matt.
"We're urging everyone in the Manning community to get behind all the people who are immediately affected by this because it's a huge blow to the local economy.
"We're looking at $12million lost, that's huge, and it begs the question of why are both major parties spruiking the need to create more jobs when we need to work at maintaining the ones we've got first," he added.
Troy said that he was made aware of the dwindling work load at UGL Lansdowne when he first began campaigning, but was under the impression that new contracts were on their way, however given last week's announcement he was more than happy to help, alongside Matt.
"Enough talking about it and forget waiting for the election, we want to do something now," he said.
Matt's campaign facebook page has been inundated with comments from local UGL employees who are happy to join him and "give it to UGL," as one said.
The trip is planned for next Wednesday, August 28, where the buses will head to Martin Place.
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