AMWU accuses NSW transport minister of ignoring local rail jobs

The AMWU has accused transport minister Gladys Berejiklian
of ignoring jobs in her electorate, and has called on the NSW government to
commit to the local manufacturing of 65 new trains.

The ABC reports that the AMWU collected 10,000 signatures on
a petition calling on the government to build trains here, with a debate on the
subject forced in parliament.

The NSW government announced earlier this year that it would
spend $2.8 billion of 65 intercity trains (520 carriages) to serve the Central
Coast, Newcastle, Blue Mountains and Illawarra lines.

These are set to be rolled out between 2018 and 2024.

The lack of commitment to their local manufacture was
evidence of Berejiklian treating her Hunter electorate with contempt and
putting 3,000 local jobs at risk, said the union’s Tim Ayres.

“The New South Wales Government is going
to make Sydney trains in third world countries,” the ABC reports Ayres as saying.

“It’s particularly disappointing that
the New South Wales Government’s Minister for the Hunter, Gladys Berejiklian,
who is also the Transport Minister and responsible, didn’t even turn up for the
debate.”

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