Union fears for 1,000 ship building jobs

The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union is seeking a meeting with the Federal Government following concerns about the job security of 1,000 workers at the Williamstown shipyards in Melbourne.

According to ABC News the union says it has concerns about the jobs at BAE Systems because of a looming gap in Australia's ship building program.

 

AMWU national secretary Paul Bastian said the Government needed to meet with officials to determine how the nation's ship building program could support jobs in the long term.

 

“What the federal government needs to do is to meet with us urgently and to meet with the industry about how they can level out their acquisition program so that we can sustain the industry and actually grow the industry,” he said.

 

Earlier this month BAE Systems announced plans to cut around 450 staff after losing a land material maintenance contract with the Department of Defence.

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