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Contractors have “moral obligation” to hire locals

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says Woodside contractors have a “moral obligation” to hire locals that face losing their jobs at a Karratha gas plant.

ABC News reports the union says up to 70 Transfield workers could lose their jobs after a change in contractors at the plant.

Monadelphous has a $150 million contract with Woodside to conduct maintenance work at the plant, and the AMWU said it previously committed to hiring some of the laid off workers.

"The commitment we had from Monadelphous is 'yeah, yeah, we will pick up a good portion of the current employees' so everyone was happy with that response," AMWU WA president Tony Hall said.

"None of the current employees have actually been picked up.”

Hall said some of the employees had worked at the plant for over ten years and had established themselves in the community.

In a statement to the ABC Woodside did not confirm or deny the sackings, but said it was committed to building the local workforce in WA’s northwest.

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