Clive Palmer confirmed today he would pay unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel despite neither he nor his companies being responsible for dismissals.
“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,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“It was the administrators who dismissed 546 people and closed down the refinery for no good reason except political gain.
“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,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“QNI Resources will be publishing notices in the Townsville media explaining how workers can forward claims so they can be considered.”
Mr Palmer said it was disappointing in the Federal Budget that promised tax cuts would not come into effect until 2024.
“The sad truth is that people need help today, not in six years’ time. Politicians need to realize that now,’’ he said.