Op­tions on ta­ble

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

WORK­ERS im­pacted by the clo­sure of Churchill Abat­toir have dis­cussed re-train­ing and fu­ture em­ploy­ment op­tions in a spe­cial meet­ing ahead of the fa­cil­ity’s Septem­ber 28 clo­sure.

TAFE Queens­land, Queens­land Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment, Queens­land Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, the tax of­fice, Cen­tre­link, Depart­ment of State De­vel­op­ment – Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment SEQ and Ip­swich Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try were at Churchill Abat­toir as part of the fo­rum for re­trenched work­ers.

About 750 di­rect jobs will be axed within the next six months.

In two sep­a­rate shock an­nounce­ments last month, Churchill Abat­toir and Ba­iada, which op­er­ates the Steggles Wulku­raka fa­cil­ity, con­firmed plans to close both fa­cil­i­ties.

Churchill Abat­toir will slaugh­ter its last cat­tle on Septem­ber 28 re­sult­ing in 500 jobs lost, while the Steggles Wulku­raka fa­cil­ity will close in Jan­uary with an­other 250 jobs gone.

The de­ci­sion will have an im­pact on more jobs fur­ther down the sup­ply chain with at least 27 ma­jor south-east Queens­land farm­ing op­er­a­tions now un­der pres­sure to find new pro­ces­sors to off­load the meat.

Ip­swich work­ers were last month as­sured they wouldn’t slip through the cracks.

Fed­eral MP Shayne Neu­mann said the im­pact would be dev­as­tat­ing and likely felt through­out the com­mu­nity.

He said op­por­tu­ni­ties would be avail­able to work­ers who want to re-skill and move into dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries while highly skilled work­ers who want to stay in the same line of work would be sup­ported via Cen­tre­link pay­ments while they hunt for a new job.

He said any­one who needed help fill­ing out or un­der­stand­ing Cen­tre­link forms should con­tact his of­fice.

“We will as­sist in any­way we can.”

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