CFMEU dismisses WA government figures on local content

The CFMEU has said that jobs figures in Western Australia’s resources sector don’t give an accurate picture of what’s really happening.

Simon O’Brien, the WA commerce minister, has pointed to $30 billion worth of contracts awarded since July 2012 as evidence of the success of the state’s economy. He said 75,000 jobs have been created.

“This year, 120 local small and medium-sized businesses were allocated $2.5million to assist in areas including capital equipment upgrade; risk management and quality assurance; training; and business systems improvement,” said O’Brien.

The government has also highlighted an increase in local content utilised at BHP’s Port Hedland Inner Harbour Project and Chevron’s Gorgon project on Barrow Island. O’Brien said that the CBI & Kentz joint venture at the complex has recruited its 1000th employee.

Mark Hudson from the CFMEU’s petroleum division said the WA government was being selective, with manufacturers like Matrix Composites were making redundancies, and Leighton Holdings cutting staff working at the Australian Maritime Complex.

"A lot of the local guys around Kwinana will be applying with CB&I because there's no work elsewhere," Hudson told AAP.


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