The NSW opposition has tabled a petition in Parliament containing 12,000 signatures, expressing concern about the state government’s commitment to manufacturing in the Hunter.
The ABC reports that the petition concerned the procurement process, requesting Hunter businesses to be favoured to support local jobs.
"More than 100,000 people in the region have engaged with our social media campaigns on these issues,” the ABC reports the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s Tim Ayres as saying.
"There is very strong support in the Hunter Valley for blue collar jobs and a decent approach to manufacturing policy, because people in the Hunter know what it means."
The union has also requested that the federal government bring shipbuilding projects forward, supporting Forgacs’ operations at Tomago.