Last thing we need is jobs from our area sent overseas

EDITORIAL: It's hard to ask for a pay rise when getting one means the person working beside you might no longer have a job.

Times have been tough for a long time at Maryborough's CQMS Razer, but reading the company's response to the 24-hour strike of union members at the site has convinced me the company is trying to be responsible in how it operates and the choices it makes which may affect its workforce.

The last thing we need is to see jobs from our area sent overseas.

It was refreshing to see a company issue a statement so frank about the position it is in, rather than the typical "no comment" or a couple of lines of fluff that don't tell you very much at all.

No one deserves a pay rise more than the workers who have stuck by the foundry so loyally, despite being stood down for weeks on end and having their working week reduced to four days at times.

But it's hard to argue with the view of the company's president, David Haslett, who said no one should risk Maryborough jobs by seeking short-term pay increases.

The region's economy has emerged from some tough times of late, but it has a long way to go.

Jobs are by no means easy to come by and those who have one need to value it.

And we need to do everything we can to help others remain in the workforce.

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