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Union backs BlueScope lifeline

LUCY CLIFFORD

The WA construction union has backed BHP Billiton’s offer to employ hundreds of sacked BlueScope Steel workers.

The world’s biggest mining company threw a lifeline to sacked Victorian steel workers today, offering 600 jobs in the iron ore industry.

The Western Australian Government will provide grants up to $6000 for workers who relocate to the Pilbara region in the state’s north.

Construction Foresty Mining and Energy Union spokesman Rob Mitchell said his organisation supported BHP’s offer.

Mr Mitchell said the union supported employment of Australian staff over workers on international visas.

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