Ar­rium trou­bles put jobs at risk

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ed­ward Boyd

ABOUT 3000 NSW jobs are on the line should steel­maker Ar­rium be un­able to trade out of trou­ble.

About 40 per cent of Ar­rium’s work­force is lo­cated in NSW, spread across three steel-man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Rooty Hill, New­cas­tle and Jin­dera, near Al­bury.

Also in NSW are 11 OneS­teel Me­tal­cen­tre steel sup­ply branches, nine OneS­teel me­tal re­cy­cling cen­tres and the cor­po­rate head of­fice.

Federal In­dus­try Min­is­ter Christo­pher Pyne last week called on state govern­ments to step up to the plate and as­sist the em­bat­tled com­pany, claim­ing the Federal Gov­ern­ment was al­ready do­ing what it could.

State In­dus­try Min­is­ter An­thony Roberts said the NSW gov­ern­ment was closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and had been in dis­cus­sions with the ad­min­is­tra­tor.

“The NSW gov­ern­ment un­der­stands this is an un­cer­tain time for the em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies, but we need to wait and al­low the ad­min­is­tra­tor time to re­view the po­si­tion and op­er­a­tion of the com­pany,” Mr Roberts said.

The Aus­tralian Work­ers’ Union na­tional sec­re­tary Scott McDine said state govern­ments were par­tially to blame for us­ing over­seas sup­pli­ers in­stead of Ar­rium steel on ma­jor con­struc­tion projects like Syd­ney’s new rail lines.

“Rail im­ported from Spain in­stead of steel pro­duced in Whyalla is cur­rently be­ing used to sup­ply the Syd­ney Metro North­west project,” Mr McDine said.

Ar­rium’s Rooty Hill plant.

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