The jobs of hundreds of workers are at risk at Maryborough's Downer EDI facility, a union says.
The jobs of hundreds of workers are at risk at Maryborough's Downer EDI facility, a union says. Valerie Horton

UPDATE: Downer denies Maryborough factory will be closed

UPDATE: A spokesman  from Downer has denied the corporation has any intention of shutting down its Maryborough factory.

"Downer has no plan to close its Maryborough rail facility," Michael Sharp, Group Head of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, said.

"We currently employ 206 people there and will continue to work hard to make it a sustainable business by working closely with our customers to secure contracts for the future." 

EARLIER: A rally will be held on outside Downer EDI in Maryborough on Wednesday as the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claimed the factory could be closed down.

A spokeswoman for the union said the AMWU would launch a campaign calling on the Queensland Government to deliver work to the Maryborough facility as the factory was at imminent risk of closure following a significant  downturn in work.

The spokeswoman said the train-building facility employed hundreds of people in Maryborough.

"Formerly Walkers Limited, the facility has been in operation since 1967 and has formed an integral part of the Maryborough economy and community ever since," the spokeswoman said,

Downer EDI workers will be part of the mass meeting to be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday.

It will be followed by a press conference where member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders is expected to speak.

Downer EDI has been contacted to provide a response.



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