Queensland Nickel: Qld ministers to meet after sackings from Palmer refinery

An urgent meeting will be held in Townsville to manage the fallout of Clive Palmer's nickel refinery sacking more than 200 workers.

Nickel workers to get nothing

Hundreds of sacked Townsville workers face the "shock horror" of losing their jobs and all their entitlements: 7 News Queensland

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will on Wednesday convene a meeting with senior ministers and directors-general to discuss the government's accelerated works program (AWP) announced for north Queensland.

"In addition to the $61 million package of AWP projects in Townsville and Cairns regions announced on Sunday, the committee will discuss establishing a priority list of projects for the north and give them the green light," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Earlier this month 237 employees at Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel were sacked, and it has also emerged the company ...
Earlier this month 237 employees at Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel were sacked, and it has also emerged the company had not set aside the statutory superannuation provisions for any of its employees since November. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The premier announced the AWP after Mr Palmer's Queensland Nickel (QNI) last week announced it was making redundant 237 workers at its Yabulu refinery, near Townsville, because of sluggish commodity prices.

Ms Palaszczuk told the Nine Network on Wednesday morning it was "not good enough" for Mr Palmer not to communicate with the ex-workers about the payouts.

"Queensland Nickel has a duty and Mr Palmer has a morale duty to let his workers know what is happening with the company," she said.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, Training Minister Yvette D'Ath, Employment Minister Grace Grace and State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham will be among the government's representatives at the meeting.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew to north Queensland on Tuesday to discuss the QNI job cuts.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew to north Queensland on Tuesday to discuss the QNI job cuts. Photo: Robert Shakespeare

Ms Palaszczuk flew to Townsville on Tuesday afternoon for a meeting with mayor Jenny Hill to discuss the impact the QNI cuts were having on the community.

QNI earlier this week went into voluntary administration, casting a cloud over the refinery's remaining 550 employees.

But managing director Clive Mensink insisted the company would trade its way out of trouble.

AAP

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