News

<< Back to News

Rail link could bring 1000s of jobs: AMWU

A union says Sydney’s North West Rail Link can deliver thousands of extra jobs for NSW if it’s built with local steel, concrete and other materials.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union on Friday released a report calling on the NSW government to bring in 10 measures to boost jobs.

Chief among them is a demand for the government to set a local content minimum as it builds a 23-kilometre train link between Chatswood, on Sydney’s north shore, with the Hills district in the city’s northwest.

AMWU NSW Secretary Tim Ayres said the link would use 70,000 tonnes of steel, 400,000 cubic metres of concrete and eight new train stations – and sourcing these building blocks locally would buttress stability for the sector.

“The North West Rail Link will use more steel than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but currently there is no requirement to source Australian product,” Mr Ayres said.

“This project is shaping up as one of the biggest outlays of public money for rail infrastructure in decades.

“If we do it right, the North West Rail Link can deliver far more than a just a quick trip to the city.”

The AMWU says every additional one per cent of local content on a major transport project can deliver hundreds of jobs in NSW, especially in areas like the Hunter, Illawarra and Taree.

About 100 manufacturing workers are expected to rally at Epping Station later on Friday morning supporting a local content minimum, which the union wants set at 75 per cent.

Reinvent Your Career would like to thank The Australian where this article first appeared.

Start typing and press Enter to search