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MINISTER MUST ACT ON SNOWY 2.0 HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS

APRIL 14, 2022 – The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union NSW & ACT (AMWU) has written to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor to make him aware of a range of workplace health and safety issues at Snowy Hydro 2.0 sites.

Workers and AMWU officials have continuously raised concerns about the conditions with Snowy Hydro management and Safework NSW, and nothing has been done. Workers are currently dealing with a rodent infestation that has not been mitigated by management.

Quotes attributable to Cory Wright – AMWU NSW & ACT State Secretary

“It’s unacceptable that workers at the largest infrastructure project in the country are dealing with unsafe working conditions. This isn’t the standard we should accept, especially on so-called nation-building projects.

Workers are not being consulted on safety matters and their concerns are not being listened to. They are telling us they’re fed up with the situation, which now includes a rodent infestation that is not being dealt with.

We have contractors on this project being paid billions and failing to do the basics when it comes to workplace health and safety. There must be a commitment from all contractors and Snowy Hydro management to make the necessary changes. Workers’ health and safety must be prioritised.”

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