Fight for lo­cal jobs.

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page -

THE Man­u­fac­tur­ing Worker’s Union is con­cerned BHP Bil­li­ton plans to send 24,000 tonnes of struc­tural steel work off­shore, which could be detri­men­tal to man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in Kwinana.

State sec­re­tary Steve Mc­Cart­ney wrote to BHP chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Macken­zie, claim­ing send­ing work off­shore as part of up­grades to the South Flank Iron Ore project would be­tray lo­cal work­ers.

“We know from past work 24,000 tonnes of steel equates to about 2000 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs. Jobs that we could see fil­ter through to WA’s man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in Kwinana,” the let­ter said.

The let­ter said WA had a world-class man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and the ca­pac­ity to han­dle ad­vanced steel fab­ri­ca­tion.

“Sub­urbs close to Perth’s lead­ing steel fab­ri­ca­tion and en­gi­neer­ing hub have some of the high­est youth un­em­ploy­ment rates in the coun­try,” the let­ter said.

“Why are you not sup­port­ing up­stream and down­stream man­u­fac­tur­ing and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for WA’s young peo­ple?”

A BHP spokes­woman said the com­pany’s aim was for 75 per cent of all steel fab­ri­ca­tion by value for the South Flank project to be done in WA, which would sup­port lo­cal jobs.

“As at the end of last month, we had awarded around A$456 mil­lion in 120 con­tracts for the South Flank min­ing project, in­clud­ing for vil­lage earth­works and con­struc­tion, mis­cel­la­neous works and ac­cess roads,” she said.

“Of this, 84 per cent went to com­pa­nies based in WA.”

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MWU State sec­re­tary Steve Mc­Cart­ney.

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