Union’s Steel Plan: closure of Port Kembla’s steel mill

Port Kembla's Steel Mill

Port Kembla's Steel Mill Photo: Illawarra Mercury

The head of the Australian workers mill has warned that steel mills across the globe may be closed down, including the mill located at Port Kembla. The Illawarra Mercury described the unions 21st century steel plan as a federal intervention which highlighted the serious position the steel industry is in.

“Australia needs to urgently adopt a 21st century Steel Plan. We need a stratagem to save a key industry in the face of the global economic crisis,” [AWU National Secretary Paul Howes] said.

Earlier this month BlueScope chief executive Noel Cornish said the viability of the Port Kembla steelworks – along with the 12,000 jobs it supports – would be under threat if the scheme took effect in its present form.

Despite Howes’ comments, the Mercury also reported that the announcement was a just presumption and that no final decision was going to be made any time soon. I just heard the 12,000 workers take a sigh of relief.

Published in: on April 15, 2009 at 10:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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