SOME Burnie Caterpillar workers are still unable to take new jobs as their redundancies loom ever closer, a union leader says.
The Cat workers who do not yet know when they will finish their underground mining equipment manufacturing jobs are finding it difficult to sign up for new jobsand becoming increasingly frustrated, according to Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union state secretary John Short.
Caterpillar’s facility at Wivenhoe.
”Some are going by Christmas,some by March; at least give them a date,” Mr Short said.
He said some of the workers had firm leaving dates, so they could look for work unencumbered.
Others who did not know their finishing dates had been unable to take up new job opportunities, he said.
”Some workers or their family members are ill and they would prefer sooner rather than later.”
US-headquartered Caterpillar is winding down its Burnie manufacturing operations and shifting production to Thailand.
About 280 Cat jobs are going from the Coast, with about 120 remaining.
The union was expecting to meet Cat today to push for clarity on workers’ finishing dates.
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