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Money Union rejects Christopher Pyne's claim shipbuilding 'valley of death is over'

02:10  13 october  2017
02:10  13 october  2017 Source:   abc.net.au

Man crushed to death under portable building on worksite

  Man crushed to death under portable building on worksite A man has died after being crushed by a portable building on a worksite in the Lower Hunter Valley. Police were called to an equipment hire company worksite on Huntingdale Drive in Thornton about 8:15am today following reports of a workplace incident.They were unable to save the worker who is believed to have been unloading the portable block from a vehicle when he was struck by the load.“Enquiries suggest a man was crushed beneath a portable building and has died,” a police spokesperson said.Detectives are on scene and 9news.com.au has contacted SafeWork NSW who is investigating the incident.

Related Story: Shipbuilders reject Pyne ' s claim ' valley of death is over '. The AMWU says Christopher Pyne has broken a promise of ongoing work. Mr Pyne is blaming a lull in shipbuilding under Labor. Union queries Pyne ' s 'on the up' comments.

The union representing South Australian naval shipbuilders says jobs in the industry are sill drying up, despite Defence Industries Minister Christopher Pyne ' s claim .

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The Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union has hit back at a Federal Government claim that the so-called "valley of death" in South Australian shipbuilding is over.

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Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne blamed the lingering effects of the valley of death on the former Rudd-Gillard-Rudd governments for not commissioning a vessel during their six years in government.

The SA assistant state secretary, Peter Bauer, said the defence industry minister, Christopher Pyne , had broken a promise to the workers. “Only a few months ago, minister Pyne was out, with a silver shovel, turning over soil at ASC and saying that the valley of death is over

Defence Industries Minister Christopher Pyne today signed a deal with construction company Lendlease to build a major shipyard at Osborne, saying it will create 600 jobs at its peak.

Mr Pyne said it was the first major jobs announcement since the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project was announced in 2005.

"That's 600 construction jobs. Many of those will come from the work force down at Osborne who are being laid off because of the end of the Air Warfare Destroyer program, until the [Offshore Patrol Vessels] and the Future Frigates begin," he said.

Earlier today, Mr Pyne said in a written statement that "the valley of death is over and we are now seeing an upturn in employment".

The HMAS Hobart, an Air Warfare Destroyer, was launched at Techport in Adelaide in 2015. © Provided by ABC News The HMAS Hobart, an Air Warfare Destroyer, was launched at Techport in Adelaide in 2015.

But the AMWU's acting state secretary Stuart Gordon said jobs on the AWD program were still drying up.

He said Mr Pyne had not spoken to the union about those workers getting jobs in the shipyard's construction.

"I'd like him to go out and meet the 42 employees who are going to be walking off the site in a fortnight and tell them the valley of death is over," Mr Gordon said.

"There is nothing put in place to retain these employees."

Mr Pyne said at least 60 per cent of the jobs would go to Australian workers.

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