Palmer pledge to pay former Queensland Nickel workers
In making the announcement, Mr Palmer blamed administrators for the situation, saying neither he nor his companies had been responsible for the dismissal of workers from the Yabulu refinery outside Townsville in 2016.
“Considering the floods and cyclones that have ravaged North Queensland, I have decided to pay any outstanding workers’ entitlement amounts not paid by the liquidators to these workers to assist them and their families in these difficult times,” he said.
“QNI Resources will be publishing notices in the Townsville media explaining how workers can forward claims so they can be considered.”
Meanwhile QNI Resources and QNI Metals managing director Nui Harris called on the Queensland Premier to expedite the facilitation of approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure, enabling recommissioning of the Queensland Nickel refinery.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk must step up and help North Queensland by facilitating refinery approvals such as port, rail and plant infrastructure, allowing for its recommissioning,’’ Mr Harris said.
“Clive Palmer has in good faith today confirmed he is now paying unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel, despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals at the plant.
“Labor has said Clive Palmer should pay these workers’ entitlements, which he has now said he will do.
“Now is the time for the Premier and her government to do their part and get behind securing approvals so the refinery can be recommissioned and the good people of Townsville can have jobs.”
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