Acting Employment Minister Kate Ellis said the Gillard Government stands ready to support workers and their families affected by the announcement made by Boral today.
“Our first thoughts are with affected workers and their families who will be feeling very anxious and uncertain at this time,” Ms Ellis said.
“The Government stands ready to provide support to assist affected workers.”
The Government understands the decision announced by Boral today is due to Boral needing to restructure its operations, in response to a 100-day review of the current business structure.
The profitability of construction material manufacturing, such as cement production, is under pressure as a result of continued weak global economic conditions, the strong Australian dollar and weaker demand in the construction sector.
“We will be working with Boral and the unions to ensure that all workers’ entitlements will be honoured by the company,” the Minister said.
Workers made redundant from Boral are eligible for employment support with a Job Services Australia provider based on their level of need and personal circumstances.
This may include help with resumes and job applications, interview skills and presentation techniques as well as information about local employment opportunities, advice on a range of career options and employment programs in the local area.
Any workers who are worried about their finances can also talk to Centrelink Financial Information Services Officers about managing their finances after redundancy.
Redundant workers may also find it useful to contact the Commonwealth Financial Counselling Program which provides free financial counselling services to people who are experiencing personal financial difficulties.
Any redundant workers aged 45 years and over have access to free, professional career counselling through the Experience+ Career Advice service which helps mature age workers make informed decisions about their future career and become more confident to achieve their workforce goals.
Where redundant workers located in Priority Employment Areas, Local Employment Coordinators work closely with stakeholders in each area to help drive the local response to redundancies, including facilitating new job opportunities.
The Government has been in contact with Boral to organise information sessions and tailored Government support for workers affected by today’s announcement. Further information about these sessions will be announced in due course.