Saturday, June 17, 2017

ACTU – Government must seize chance to save Arrium, and Whyalla Jobs

16 June 2017

The Turnbull Government must act to ensure it provides the required support see a successful resolution of the negotiations for Arrium involving the Korean Consortium which has been named as the preferred bidder.

A stable future for Arrium and Whyalla is easily within reach and the Turnbull Government must act now in the interest of preserving Australian jobs.

Quotes attributable to ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly:

  • “This is a great deal for workers at Arrium and for the community in Whyalla. It ensures a future for steel production in Australia, but it needs the support of the Federal Government.”
  • “This is an easy deal to support; It protects Australian jobs, protects Australian industry and ensures a future for a struggling community, which has pulled together and come so close to a positive outcome.”
  • “Arrium has a vital role to play in Australian construction projects, and a commitment from the Government here will not only ensure the jobs at Arrium but all the jobs that flow on from a strong steel production sector in Australia, providing Australian materials for Australian projects, which in turn will create further employment.”
  • “Thousands of jobs are hanging in the balance, and a solution is within reach. Now is the time to act”
  • “The Turnbull Government must take action now to ensure South Australia’s steel industry does not die due to government inaction in the same way car manufacturing did”

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