Job losses continue on Weatherill’s watch

The loss of 95 jobs at Penrice’s chemical plant at Osborne is another blow to the South Australian economy on Premier Weatherill’s watch.

“Our immediate thoughts are with the Penrice workers and their families following this news,” said Shadow Employment Minister David Pisoni.

“The Weatherill Labor Government now needs to explain to those affected just what job opportunities are available to them in South Australia’s current jobs crisis.”

The Weatherill Labor Government should also be concerned about the fate of Penrice Soda’s Angaston quarry operation.

Penrice Soda employs 40 people at its Angaston limestone quarry.

The State Liberals have previously emphasised the importance of South Australia having an attractive business environment.

In a media release in January 2013, Penrice stated that its decision to no longer mine and manufacture soda ash in South Australia was due to:

“Increasing energy and labour costs, increasing taxes (notably the carbon tax) and increasing regulatory compliance costs…have also added to the costs of domestic soda ash manufacture relative to imports.”

“Following today’s devastating job losses, it’s important that the Weatherill Labor Government works with all of the relevant parties to ensure that job losses at the Angaston plant do not become a reality as well,” said Mr Pisoni.

Today’s devastating news follows last week’s State Budget which confirmed Labor will break its 100,000 jobs promise in devastating fashion.

“On Treasurer Koutsantonis’ own budget figures South Australia will be 85,000 jobs short of his Government’s jobs growth target in 2016,” said Mr Pisoni.

“Since last year’s State Budget, South Australia has lost almost 20,000 jobs.

“This is a disastrous broken promise from the Weatherill Labor Government that is hurting tens of thousands of South Australians.”