Albemarle reaffirms commitment to creating South West jobs
Albemarle has reaffirmed its commitment to create South West jobs despite concerns contractors have brought workers temporarily to the region to construct the company’s Kemerton plant.
A spokesman for the company said it continued to comply with the Australian Jobs Act.
“Early contract awards for the Kemerton Lithium Project have included some of WA’s well-known local construction and fabricating companies,” he said.
“The Kemerton Lithium Project formally commenced construction in late March and given the complexity of the construction and commissioning, it will require a range of skills and capabilities over coming months and years.”
Bunbury MLA Don Punch said rather than operate on speculation he contacted Albemarle and was waiting for a response regarding the level of South West contracting.
“In my view Albemarle had given a clear undertaking through their communications that it would be supporting local content,” he said.
“I do know that some contracts have come out of the area, but other contractors have spoken to me about missing out.
“We’ve welcomed Albemarle with open arms and there is a social licence in terms of operating and working in the region, we expect the benefits should flow from Albemarle back into the region.”
BGC has operated as the earthworks contractor on-site since January while Civmec has been tasked with playing a key role in fabrication of the plant.
Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union State secretary Steve McCartney said Albemarle continued to refuse to talk to the union.
“They’re already bringing labour down from Perth and there is no local labour doing the earthworks now,” he said.
“Where are the local jobs and where is the local manufacturing?
“They’re reneging on local jobs and they’ve reneged on talking to unions to get a decent agreement there – is there one thing they will live up to?”
He said the union would continue with its campaign to hold the company to account.
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