Qld steering committee promises local content in resource projects

An alliance of steel workers have been told that unions and industry will be represented on a government steering committee to ensure more local content makes it into resource projects in Queensland.

[Image, right: AMWU members lead the rally on Wednesday (courtesy of AMWU).]

The steel fabrication and engineering workers and business-owners were rallying outside State Parliament yesterday, keen to garner representation in the steering committee.

AMWU Queensland Secretary, Andrew Dettmer, reportedly told the 1,000 rallying workers that Queensland deputy premier, Andrew Fraser, will use industry personnel to help implement a framework for more transparency in tendering.

The steering committee will also work to ensure detailed tender specifications to Australian standards, and a more level playing field for local steel manufacturers and suppliers.

“The AMWU and its members have been fighting hard for more local jobs from Queensland’s major projects since the turn of the century,” said Dettmer.

“Workers, especially in factories that are under increasing pressure from overseas-sourced steel, will be glad to see the government has responded to long-term lobbying and representations.”