Aerial View of Curtis Island, LNG sites. Gladstone.
Aerial View of Curtis Island, LNG sites. Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Bechtel and Union making progress

Electrical Trades Union and Bechtel appear to have had a productive meeting this morning.

Officials of the Electrical Trades Union and Bechtel management met to develop a way forward in relation to asbestos exposure issues on Curtis Island. 

ETU state secretary Peter Simpson said the meeting was frank and honest and that progress was being made on some key issues.

"This is obviously a serious issue and to Bechtel's credit they are taking it as such"

Mr Simpson reiterated the fact that his unions' prime concern was the health and wellbeing of ETU members.

"We are working through the issues and I am confident that the asbestos issues specific to Curtis Island members will be resolved"

Mr Simpson's comments, which indicate an improvement in relatinos between the union and Bechtel, are a stark contrast to the language he used yesterday when attacking Bechtel's handling of the situation. 

However, Mr Simpson still held concerns over bechtel's procurement procedures.

"We will be seeking answers with respect to these issues to make sure that this type of failure never occurs again, we will always expose issues that affect our members' health and safety," he said.

"We have resolved to meet again over the next few days and further statements will be available then."

Read yesterday's full story here.



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