|Issue No 84||16 February 2001|
Newcastle Mill to be Union Project
This week's announcement of a new $2.8 billion steel mill for Newcastle was a slap in the face for the Howard industrial relations agenda, NSW Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says.
The Austeel consortium has asked the NSW Labor Council to help facilitate union agreements to cover both the construction and operation of the facility, which will bring an estimated 5,000 direct jobs to the Hunter.
Costa says the decision to work with the labour movement rather than opt for the Howard-Reith-Abbott model of individual contracts is a huge vote of confidence in the NSW system.
"I think we showed with the Olympics that a unionised workforce is the best possible model for managing major projects," Costa says.
"We have shown how an organized workforce can deliver major projects on time and on budget; we have also shown how an organized workplace is the most harmonious when the pressure is on."
He's congratulated the Carr Government for brokering the deal, which would send a lifeline to thousands of workers shown the door when BHP withdrew from the region last year.
"This is great news for the people of Newcastle, particularly former BHP workers who have found a new avenue for their decades of experience," Costa says.
"For our part, NSW unions are committed to ensuring this project is a success and delivers a world class facility to the people of Newcastle."
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