A COMMUNITY-based committee is in the process of being formed in an attempt to save local wind energy manufacturing jobs from cheap imports.
Although it is still early days, it is expected the committee will decide on various courses of action which may include:
- · Lobbying Federal and State parliamentarians;
- · Pushing for anti-dumping and counter veiling measures to happen;
- · Lobbying wind farm operators and their partners to engage local companies and jobs; and
- · Meeting with other unions, such as the Transport Workers Union and the Maritime Union of Australia, to gain their support in relation to imported wind farm components arriving at ports.
The community-based committee was decided on at the public meeting held last Thursday night in the Portland Angling Club rooms at the instigation of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
The AMWU called the meeting because of strong concerns for local wind jobs at Keppel Prince Engineering after the company lost its bid for valuable work at theMountMercerwind farm, near Ballarat, to a South Korean firm.
The decision to form the committee was initiated by high profilePortlandresident Gilbert Wilson.
Read more in Monday’sPortland Observer.