Union push for 75% local content on new project

The AMWU says a plan to build a new rail link in Sydney's north could create thousands of extra jobs if the materials are sourced locally.

In a report published today the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union said a 23-kilometre link from Chatswood on Sydney's north shore to the Hills district could be a significant job creator for NSW.

 

The AMWU said the project would use 70,000 tonnes of steel and 400,000 cubic metres of concrete, and involve the construction of eight new train stations.

 

According to AAP the union's NSW secretary Tim Ayres said the NSW Government needed to commit to a local content quota in order to boost the state's ailing manufacturing and building industries.

 

“The North West Rail Link will use more steel than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but currently there is no requirement to source Australian product,” he said.

 

“This project is shaping up as one of the biggest outlays of public money for rail infrastructure in decades.”

 

The union is pushing for a 75 per cent local content minimum, and around 100 workers are expected to rally at Epping Station in support of the move.