Boost for local train makers

Tuesday 15th March 2016

 

The Victorian Government’s decision to require 50% local content in a $1 billion order for 37 new trains was welcomed today by the Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Branch (AWU).

 

AWU Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said the order would mean hundreds of jobs in local manufacturing, in an area where there was world demand.

 

“Local train makers have proved themselves over and again as capable of producing internationally sought after products,” Mr Davis said.

 

“Whoever gets the tender, we are talking about something like 200 extra jobs for seven or eight years from the starting date, which should be in about one year.”

 

Local manufacturers had successfully fulfilled state government orders in the past, and were currently working on V-Line Velocity rolling stock and LRV trams.

 

“These are good employers, who provide good product and good jobs, and need to get the orders when they are up for grabs,” Mr Davis said.

 

“Setting the local content level at 50% makes it an achievable and realistic target. It’s a win-win situation for the state and all concerned.”

 

Tenders have been called for the new rolling stock, which Premier Daniel Andrews has said he wants to see on the tracks in 2018.

 

“We are particularly appreciative that this order will give local manufacturers the opportunity to retain experienced staff and train new people, so that they can continue to offer rolling stock to the world,” he said.

 

“This is good sustainable employment building products with a world market.”