Bradken job cuts unlikely in Ipswich

THE Ipswich operations of multinational manufacturer Bradken are set to escape another rounds of lay-offs.

The company announced this week it was expecting to continue to cut jobs despite already shedding 575 nationally this year, including 70 in Ipswich.

But while negotiations between the company and the Australian Manufacturers Union have stalled following a lack of work, union organiser Steve Franklin said he believed work could be about to pick back up at the firm's Ipswich machine shop.

He said Bradken had backed away from steps to work only four-day weeks following a backlash from employees.

However, Mr Franklin said a shutdown at the shop, following a shutdown at Bradken's Ipswich foundry, remained on the cards.

"They're not shutting more jobs, they're having a bit of a shutdown for a week or so," he said.

"They've actually picked up a bit of work, from what I hear. But it's not a huge amount.

"After the last lot of redundancies, they wanted to do a two-week shutdown because the foundry had done a shutdown and that impacts on the machine shop.

"Then they wanted to go to a four-day week, and our guys more or less said 'We're not going to a four-day week. If you need to make redundancies, make redundancies'.

"But they've actually picked up a bit of work and the shutdown has been cut back to maybe one week."

Mr Franklin said negotiations with Bradken were ongoing, but progress was slow.

Bradken did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.



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