GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has issued a statement denying it had sacked a contractor for bailing up Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

The worker, understood to have earned $250,000 last financial year, was filmed asking Mr Shorten about tax relief for higher incomes earners, triggering a political ruckus in the election campaign.

Mr Shorten was campaigning in Gladstone at the time.


Newspaper reports suggested the man had been sacked, however GPC denied this.

“Gladstone Ports Corporation did not suspend a port worker or terminate their contract for talking to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, as has been suggested by media commentators,” the statement read.

“The port worker, a sub-contractor, is still employed by the contractor and carrying out work for their employer.

“GPC did not instruct any employees or contractors to attend the visit.”

GPC said the worker was a sub-contractor and as such GPC could not comment on any decisions made by their employers.

The Federal Election is this Saturday.