Government pledges support for BlueScope workers

Government commit to helping workers in Hastings, Victoria, following the loss of 200 jobs at BlueScope's Westernport steel-making plant

August 23, 2011

The Federal and Victorian governments have committed to helping affected workers in Hastings, Victoria, following the loss of 200 jobs at BlueScope’s Westernport steel-making plant.

The township of 8,500 people is expected to feel the impact of the job losses deeply, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu says.

He says the government has put in place arrangements to help affected workers and will work with the Federal Government to help generate new investment and employment opportunities in the Westernport region.

"We have sought a Commonwealth contribution proportionate to that offered to the NSW community of Port Kembla, which has also been hit hard by today’s announcement," Baillieu says.

"Affected workers in the Westernport region, along with retrenched workers in the Illawarra, will have access to an additional $8 million in Commonwealth support services for skills, retaining and where necessary, relocation."

Baillieu says he also received assurance the Federal Government will consider further assistance if required.

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