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Jobs not safe at Hastings Deering despite wage cuts - union

THE FUTURE doesn't look bright for Hastings Deering workers who are facing a 20-25% wage cut.

It's not only the reduced pay that's an issue, according to the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union, the jobs of Central Queenslanders, among many others, will still be in limbo.

An AMWU spokesperson said that if workers took a wage cut, there's still no guarantee that their job would be secure.

"As part of the EBA we asked for there not to be anymore cuts, but (Hastings Deering) won't agree to that," the spokesperson said.

"We said let's do wage cuts across the board, 3% was enough to keep them viable till enough work came back.

"If there was a 3% pay cut from the general manager down, that would mean the jobs could be saved, but the company was not interested in doing that."

In Queensland there are close to 500 Hastings workers in the mining regions and workshops and a further 1800 in other jobs with the company across the state.

The spokesperson said that a typical mining wage was about $2000 a week, but would be significantly less with a pay cut that could be up to 25%.

"To get that kind of money they have to leave their families, live in camps, and the living conditions aren't brilliant," the spokesperson said.

Hastings Deering workers are in the midst of a vote on their EBA, which will wrap up on November 18.

"If workers vote up, (the wage cut) will go ahead, but if they vote down we'll go back for another deal," the spokesperson said.

CEO of Hastings Deering Dean Mehmet told The Bulletin that the offered 3% wage cut had not occurred.

"No officer of the company has been given that as an offer in any negotiations," Mr Mehmet said.

 

HASTINGS DEERING JOB CUTS

State-wide there have been over 700 job cuts in the last 18 months

They had a workforce state-wide of over 5000 people 18 months ago

Topics:  amwu, hastings deering, jobs




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