United Voice members (from left) Deanna Scheiwe, Tina Graham, Bec Schnoll and Elaine Hill call for child care professionals to get equal pay to teachers.
United Voice members (from left) Deanna Scheiwe, Tina Graham, Bec Schnoll and Elaine Hill call for child care professionals to get equal pay to teachers. Bev Lacey

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A CONVOY of union members thundered through the city on Saturday to mark Toowoomba's Labour Day celebrations.

With the future of 160 Toowoomba Metal Technologies jobs up in the air and no word whether 600 striking Oakey meatworkers would return to work tomorrow, there was plenty to protest.

Oakey Abattoir packer Brad Thorn was among meatworkers marching with signs that read "Scab labour will not be tolerated" and "United we Stand".

He said workers awaited a written response from their employers before any decision to return was made.

Meanwhile, 400 head of slaughtered cattle still hang in the chillers.

"They will bring in other non-unionised salary workers, but we'll still be out there (protesting) every day," he said.

"We've been trying to get this enterprise bargaining agreement for 18 months."

Child care workers from the United Voice union were among the most vocal marchers.

Tina Graham said their call for equal pay to school teachers had been ignored by politicians.

"We're not babysitters - we're educators," she said.



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