The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said cost reduction measures announced by the Maryvale Paper mill today would sound alarm bells across the community and industry, and should immediately prompt the Federal Government to replace paper imports across its departments with Australian made paper.
The announcement by Australian Paper today of a cost reducing restructure comes on top of its decision two days ago to close the iconic Shoalhaven mill, resulting in the loss of the 75 remaining jobs at the mill - which once employed 600 people.
The CFMEU is calling on the Queensland Government to introduce industrial manslaughter charges and sentencing for workplace fatalities and serious injuries.
This Friday, 27th February 2015, sentencing is scheduled to be handed down at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to Allscaff Systems Pty Ltd and the director Ralph Michael Smith after the 2008 deaths of two workers on a Gold Coast construction site.
Chris Gear and Steve Sayer died after the swing stage scaffold they were working out of plummeted 26 stories to the ground after a malfunction.
Australian passports and birth certificates will no longer be produced with Australian made paper, as the Shoalhaven region loses an iconic local industry with today's announcement by Australian Paper that it will close the Shoalhaven paper mill at Bomaderry.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which campaigned to save the mill - the only paper mill in the country that makes security grade papers used by the Federal Government - said the closure was entirely avoidable.
With the deluge of unsafe imports from China looming if the China Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is urging the Abbott Government to deliver on its election commitment to ensure that imported building products comply with Australian Standards.
The CFMEU is urging Senators through the Senate Estimates process to raise the matter with the ACCC – which is responsible for product regulation and the safety of consumers – and the Department of Industry, charged by the PM with addressing problems in the manufacturing sector.