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More job cuts at Bradken another blow to Ipswich families

ANOTHER 32 workers have been made redundant at Bradken's manufacturing plant in Karrabin.

The QT has now reported on more than 100 redundancies at Bradken in the last 12 months.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) state organiser Steve Franklin said the 32 redundancies announced on Wednesday were another blow to Ipswich families and "further evidence that Ipswich is not being looked after by the current governments".

He said workers at Bradken had been doing four-day weeks "for a good 12 to 18 months" and that the job losses "could be attributed to the fact that Bradken now has a Chinese plant where a lot of the work goes, and Ipswich is not a priority".

"But we need governments to put pressure on business to make sure things are made in Australia and not overseas," he said.

"The AMWU has been pressuring government to make sure there is a local content agreement in all work that is done."

Mr Franklin said the workers finished up on Wednesday with the union notified just one day before. He said the union had an uphill battle to stop the job losses.

"It is difficult when we have got a company that is pushing the work to overseas sites," he said.

Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said the redundancies were a blow for workers.

"It is a trend at Bradken that does worry me," Mr Choat said.

"I have spoken to the company and said, 'Look, if there is anything I can do, please let me know'. But they have never come to me.

"As the local member, I would like to see businesses come in that are going to give locals jobs."

Topics:  australian manufacturing workers union, bradken, job cuts



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