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Union calls for action on Gladstone jobs crisis

A LOOMING jobs crisis in Gladstone has forced the manufacturer's union to plead with the Queensland Government for a long-term job security plan, while it says employment is at an 11-year high.

It said the call to action came from a massive contraction in jobs in Gladstone's industry, companies moving offshore and a soon-to-happen "mass exodus" of 8000 workers on the Curtis Island projects.

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Meeting historically for the first time in Gladstone on Thursday, 30 delegates and representatives from the Queensland and Northern Territory Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union State Council want to set an agenda for the future of work in Queensland.

AMWU state secretary Rohan Webb said the only way to solve the jobs crisis was to make it a priority.

"Currently in Gladstone it's a large membership base for the AMWU, and there are concerns in the local community when the Curtis Island projects finish where the work is going to be here in Gladstone," he said.

"We'll be going to the current government, and the ALP state conference on the weekend with a discussion document to lead the debate and seek support to ensure there is a long-term job plan.

"We need to make sure that secure jobs are here when the construction projects finish and people have an opportunity to invest in the local economy and make it thrive, and do what needs to be done in this community."

A government spokesman said the State Government was working hard every day to create jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders.

"We're building the roads and infrastructure our growing state needs," he said.

"Only the LNP has a strong plan to pay down debt and free up funds for job creating infrastructure projects. Labor has no plan for Queensland's future."

Topics:  amwu, campbell newman, gladstone, jobs, politics



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