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Concern for LTQ Engineering workers at Tullamarine

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today expressed concern for employees and families affected by the closure of the LTQ Engineering aircraft maintenance facility at Tullamarine.

 LTQ is a joint owned venture with Lufthansa Technik AG and Qantas.

 "My thoughts are with LTQ Engineering workers and their families who will be feeling uncertain and anxious today,” Mr Shorten said.

 “We’ll leave no stone unturned working with the unions to encourage the company to ensure these jobs and skills remain in Australia.”

 LTQ Engineering employs 200 staff who provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the commercial aviation industry.

 All affected workers will be entitled to employment support through Job Services Australia.

 “These are tailored services which cater to individual needs and help people find new jobs as soon as possible,” Mr Shorten said.

 “This includes support with everything from preparing résumés and job applications, to honing interview skills and providing career advice.” 

 Any workers who are facing financial difficulties following their redundancy should also talk to Centrelink Financial Information Services Officers who can provide free, unbiased financial information about their redundancy package and other Government services. 

 Redundant workers aged 45 and over also have access to free, professional career counselling through the Experience+ Career Advice service.

 The Career Advisers can help mature age workers identify their transferrable skills and explore career options.

 Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou said it was a difficult time for those people in the electorate losing their jobs, particularly for their families.

 “I will be working closely with the Minister to provide as much assistance as possible. The LTQ Engineering facility is located in the North Western Melbourne Priority Employment Area. The Local Employment Coordinator for this area will work closely with stakeholders to help drive the local response to redundancies, including facilitating new job opportunities.”

 Mr Shorten’s Media Contacts: Sam Casey 0421 697 660