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Clive Palmer agrees to pay unpaid Queensland Nickel workers

Metal News - Published on Wed, 17 Apr 2019

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The Sydney Morning Herald reported that controversial businessman Clive Palmer has announced he will pay Queensland Nickel workers their unpaid entitlements, three years after his refinery was shuttered in Townsville. Mr Palmer, whose United Australia Party is fielding candidates in next month's federal election, has faced repeated criticism after Queensland Nickel went into liquidation in 2016, leaving hundreds of workers and taxpayers owed about AUD 70 million.

However, Mr Palmer insisted neither he nor his companies were responsible for dismissals at the Yabulu refinery. He said that "It was the administrators of Queensland Nickel who, despite the direction of joint venture partners, refused to transfer employees and assets to a new operator, which would have allowed workers to keep their jobs. It was the administrators who dismissed 546 people and closed down the refinery for no good reason except political gain."

Mr Palmer said the recent Townsville floods persuaded him to pay the workers. He said that "Considering the floods and cyclones that have ravaged north Queensland, I have decided to pay any outstanding workers' entitlement amounts not paid by the liquidators to these workers to assist them and their families in these difficult times.”

He said that "QNI Resources will be publishing notices in the Townsville media explaining how workers can forward claims so they can be considered."

The special purpose liquidators of Queensland Nickel welcomed Mr Palmer's commitment to pay the outstanding entitlement to former workers, totalling about AUD 7.16 million, stating it should be paid immediately, given the amount of time it was outstanding.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 17 Apr 2019
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