30 October 2012
Today Holcim Australia announced the closure of 30 plants and another 150 job cuts, an impact that will only add to Queensland’s unemployment woes.
TWU QLD State Secretary Peter Biagini says the Newman Government needs to take action to keep Queenslander’s employed.
“Week-in-week-out jobs are being cut. This State Government started the trend and now companies are following, but when is it going to end?” Mr Biagini said.
“This Government needs to take action to stop the pain on families and help these companies to keep Queensland workers employed.”
Following the change in State Government, Queensland is experiencing its highest unemployment rate in years and now has the second highest unemployment rate in Australia.
“150 jobs being cut from our industry means 150 families being affected, further hurting our communities and the economy at large,” Mr Biagini said.
“Queenslander’s cannot handle any more job cuts.”
Mr Biagini said he also hopes the cement manufacturer does not follow in competitor Hanson Concrete’s shoes, who came under fire after blatantly firing Australian workers before trying to import cheap foreign labour.
“Cheap foreign labour is not the solution for cutting costs. Putting more Queenslanders out of work and paying others less than minimum wage only causes more issues, not to mention the affect these measures have on the lives of the individuals, families and our communities.
“We want to keep Australian jobs on Australian soil, and we need the Government’s help to ensure that this happens, and work toward a better future for all Australians.”
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