Labor Acknowledges Importance Of Australian Steel

Labor will work constructively with the steel industry – including unions, BlueScope and all affected companies in their supply chain – to ensure that all avenues are being explored to save the Port Kembla steelworks. 

Local Federal Members, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, are pushing for a Steel Industry Plan that would clearly spell out Labor’s proposals for the industry and the region ahead of the next federal election. 

Yesterday, the local Members hosted a meeting with Shadow Minister for Industry, Senator Kim Carr, to receive a briefing from local steelworkers and the union on their research and to consider future policy options. 

All the proposals being put by the unions and business are being carefully considered ahead of any policy announcements. 

Labor understands that industry is critical to the future of this nation and we are committed to working with all affected stakeholders to maintain jobs and capabilities for steel manufacturing in Australia. 

We have a strong track record in working with the steel industry, including the implementation of the Steel Industry Plan in 1983 and the Steel Transformation Plan in 2011. 

Unlike the Abbott Government, Labor is committed to working with industry to protect workers and maintain jobs and capabilities.