Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten used a trip to the Latrobe Valley today to spruik the importance of supporting local manufacturing as the region grapples with the impending closure of Hazelwood.
He toured the company with Opposition employment and workplace relations spokesperson Brendan O’Connor, who concluded their visit to the site with a meeting with management.
“Part of the reason we’re in the Latrobe Valley today is to show some support and interest in what’s happening to the workers who are losing their jobs at Hazelwood,” he said.
Safetech employs about 100 staff nationally, including 80 who work at its Moe headquarters, with tradespeople and engineers on its payroll.
He said giving contracts to firms like Safetech would help tackle unemployment in the region.
“When there are taxpayer funded contracts we want to
“Why on earth when you’ve got a great company like Safetech would you just be buying
Safetech commercial manager Toni Wakefield said the purpose of
“The trouble is all of us consumers… do like to buy something that we consider might be value for money,”
“But the problem is that might be at the expense of our locally made products, keep the jobs here.
“We enjoy a terrific standard here in Australia and so we can’t have it both ways – we can’t have everything super cheap and be paid well and have great conditions as well.”
Committee for Gippsland chief executive Mary Aldred, who joined
“It’s been fantastic to have
“They have a very strong export future here in Moe and so that’s the sort of example we really want to impress upon
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