Where are all the jobs? Isn’t the slogan ‘jobs and growth’?
Another 640 jobs will go from the ASC shipyards at Osborne in Adelaide by the end of next year, a Senate estimates hearing has been told.
The head of ASC Shipbuilding, Mark Lamarre, said the workers would finish up between now and the end of 2017 as work slowed on the Air Warfare Destroyer project.
The figure includes ongoing employees and contractors.
A spokeswoman for ASC said work would accelerate at the shipyard once the Offshore Patrol Vessel project started in 2018.
Mr Lamarre told the hearing it was hard to speculate about job numbers after the end of 2017 as other projects were due to come online.
“We expect by June of ’17 to have … to be down to 1,130 which would be a 617-person reduction in total numbers and by December of ’17 down to 1,095 which would another 35 or so,” he said.
Federal Labor MP Nick Champion said more job losses at ASC would compound unemployment problems in South Australia, with Holden due to close next year.
“We’ve seen big redundancies from Arrium, we’ve seen big redundancies from GMH and we’re yet to see the real horror of the shutdown of the automotive industry in 2017,” Mr Champion said.
“Another 640 people will be facing a very difficult jobs market.”
Late last month, the Federal Government announced French firm DCNS would build Australia’s next submarines at Osborne — a $50 billion contract.
DCNS said it would require construction of a huge new factory in Adelaide for the work.
Mr Lamarre said plans were already being made to hire staff for the submarine project.