BlueScope agrees to continue steel operations at Port Kembla

BlueScope agrees to continue steel operations at Port Kembla

Blue Scope Steel has announced it will continue with its steel-making operations as Port Kembla, in the NSW Illawarra region, saving as many as 5000 local jobs.

The company has made the announcement this morning, following commitments from employees, unions and the NSW government, to help bring down the cost of production.

One of these measures includes $60 million in deferred payroll tax payments from the State Government, over the next three years.

BlueScope chief executive Paul O’Malley has thanked the company’s managers, employees, unions, and the NSW government.

“Above all, I acknowledge the real unsung heroes who have secured a future for the steelworks – the Port Kembla management teams who developed the game-changing plan, which we are implementing today,” he said.

“Every single worker in the Illawarra should be extremely proud of their combined effort.”

The Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union has welcomed the announcement, saying it will be a relief for workers and their families.

But AMWU spokesperson Daniel White says the decision is unexpected, and comes earlier than the union thought.

It’s been obviously a difficult process and a struggle for the Illawarra,” he told the ABC.

“The uncertainty has sort of divided the community, because there’s almost a sense of BlueScope fatigue because there’s been talk of it for many years, finishing up.”

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