The Hastings Deering workshop at Port Curtis.
The Hastings Deering workshop at Port Curtis. Chris Ison

40 Hastings Deering jobs could go in Central QLD- AMWU

AN AUSTRALIAN Manufacturing Workers Union spokesman has been told that 42 Hastings Deering positions across Central Queensland and Mackay are being cut.

The spokesman, Queensland AMWU co-ordinator Brad Hansen, said he was liaising with the company to see if Hastings Deering would first offer employees voluntary redundancies to minimise the impact on the individuals. Mr Hansen did not know which positions would be affected.

He also said yesterday that Hastings Deering had taken up about three rounds of job cuts over the past 18 months.

"About two years ago, Hastings Deering had about 4500 employees... since then, about 500 to 600 jobs have been cut (not including the company's announcement of 100 redundancies across Queensland sites)," he said.

"These redundancies reflect the mining downturn in the past year or so."

The company would not confirm those figures yesterday and refused to comment further.



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