Arrium troubles put jobs at risk
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.