ASC cuts 130 shipbuilding jobs

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ASC told workers yesterday that 130 positions would be cut by the end of next month, as work on the Air Warfare Destroyer project winds down.

The Advertiser reports that job cuts were not unexpected, and more would follow due to the conclusion of AWD build, which peaked in April 2015.

The losses included 45 trade and 85 contractor positions, including in welding , pipe work and electrician roles.

“The current job reduction activity will have no impact to ASC’s submarine workforce or planning for the future submarine project,” the company said in a statement. ASC also said it was examining opportunities for the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel projects, with start in 2018 and 2020.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon blamed the lack of a continuous shipbuilding program for the job losses.

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