Bradken redundancies another kick in the guts for Ipswich
THE WINDING down of the heavy fabrication section at global manufacturer Bradken in Karrabin will see 13 employees made redundant.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) organiser Steve Franklin said the first of the redundancies would roll out from today.
The QT contacted Bradken for comment but the company did not wish to make a media statement.
Mr Franklin said the redundancies signalled the end of an era and "another example of the disappearing manufacturing industry". He said some workers had been there more than 20 years.
"They have had their heavy fabrication out there at Bradken for a number of years," Mr Franklin said.
"They used to make rail wagons and buckets for the coal industry."
"They have done some wagon refurbs for QR but they are drastically down on numbers and are going to get rid of the last 13 people starting on July 7.
"They have tried to keep that area open and wait for work to come in but nothing seems to be coming in. So it is just really a dry up of work.
"There is work in Bradken's Chinese factories, but none here.
"A lot of the guys they have kept (at Karrabin) for their skills and knowledge, so to shut down the section is a big step.
"The guys are flabbergasted."
Mr Franklin said it was up to government to be focussed on secure jobs and manufacturing investment, a lot of which was going off shore.
"There is a great big gas industry to the west and these companies haven't been able to capitalise on it, where a lot of the steel to construct those plants has come in from overseas," he said.
Ipswich West MP Jim Madden said he was in the process of trying to organise a meeting with Bradken to discuss Labor's Skilling Queensland for Work program.
"That program has the capacity for companies like Bradken to apply for grants, not loans, to enlarge their business so they can employ more local people.
"I will try and fast-track those talks with Bradken…with someone from the relevant government department to come along and answer Bradken's questions.
"After losing Hancock's and Boral and other businesses, this is a disaster for Ipswich.
"We need to do everything possible to maintain the line with our manufacturing industries in Ipswich."
Blair MP Shayne Neumann said that whether it was the car industry in Geelong or the manufacturing industry in Ipswich the Federal Government's attitude was "to let the market rip".
"The government is doing a lot on free trade with China, South Korea and Japan but what steps are they taking to assist the manufacturing industry?
"They have taken $2 billion off the table for skills and training which would have helped the manufacturing industry with a pipeline of apprentices."