The remaining 550 workers at Clive Palmer’s Townsville nickel refinery will be sacked at close of business tomorrow.
Administrator FTI Consulting said in a statement that it had no choice but to terminate the Queensland Nickel workers after it was removed as the manager of the refinery earlier this week.
“Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd, the newly appointed manager of the Refinery, may offer current employees of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd employment but the administrators are currently unaware of the terms or timing of those offers,” the statement said.
“The Administrators have impressed on Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd the urgency of the situation and the need to quickly resolve the ongoing employment of staff. At this time the Administrators are uncertain as to the status of future employment offers by Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd.
“The terminations of employment and uncertainty regarding the new offers is a deeply regrettable situation, although unavoidable given the Administrators no longer have operational control of the Refinery.”
Clive Palmer took control of the refinery from administrators earlier this week, by setting up a new company, Queensland Nickel Sales.
Mr Palmer’s nephew Clive Mensink has been made the sole director of the new company, which has not yet made an offer of employment to the 550 workers.
Earlier this year, 237 employees were made redundant.