Options on table
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.”