The AMWU has applauded inclusion of union and industry stakeholders in a steering committee that will oversee reforms to boost local manufacturing content in major Queensland resource projects.
AMWU Queensland Secretary, Andrew Dettmer, said it was a welcome first step in making sure more Queensland jobs came from Queensland resources.
An unprecedented alliance of workers and engineering, detailing and steel fabrication business owners rallied outside State Parliament today before a delegation visited Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser.
Mr Dettmer told the 1000-strong rally that the Deputy Premier had committed to union and industry representation on a government steering committee that would implement a framework for more transparency in tendering, detailed tender specifications to Australian standards, and a more level playing field for local steel manufacturers and suppliers.
“The AMWU and its members have been fighting hard for more local jobs from Queensland’s major projects since the turn of the century,” he said.
“Workers, especially in factories that are under increasing pressure from overseas-sourced steel, will be glad to see the government has responded to long-term lobbying and representations,” he said.
Minister for Manufacturing Jan Jarratt and Member for Townsville Mandy Johnston both gave short addresses to today’s rally.
LNP leader Campbell Newman had been invited to address the rally but did not respond to the invitation.