FOUR major trade unions have joined forces in the bid to save wind energy manufacturing jobs at Portland’s Keppel Prince Engineering.
It follows community concerns that local jobs are at risk following recent decisions by wind farm companies to award contracts to South Korean and Chinese companies.
Representatives of the Australian Workers Union, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Electrical Trades Union, and the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union met in Melbourne on Tuesday last week and are believed to have agreed to put pressure on wind companies that choose to source cheap imports.
AWU state secretary Cesar Melhem foreshadowed there would be protest action against companies such as Meridian Energy at theMount Mercer wind farm site near Ballarat.
“Meridian’s wind farm atMountMercerwill have all of its 70 towers sourced fromSouth Koreaand that is outrageous,” he said.
Mr Melhem spoke at a mass meeting of Keppel Prince workers in Portland recently on the subject of the dumping of low-cost manufactured goods on the Australian market, with particular reference to wind towers.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.