04:47 pm, Monday 2 December, 2013
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has promised that he will move the states WorkCover Authority head office to Geelong if the Coalition government is re-elected.
He made this announcement at the Liberal state council on Sunday that was held in Lorne. Dr Napthine said that 550 jobs would be relocated to Geelong with the promised move and $50 million would be added to the local economy annually.
This announcement follows the move of the Transport Accident Commission to Geelong, an area that has been significantly affected by manufacturing job losses. Earlier this year Dr Napthine also announced that the headquarters for the National Disability Insurance Scheme would be located in Geelong.
He said that, ”We will have a centre of excellence in dealing with insurance, disability services and dealing with those people who have insurance claims.”
Dr Napthine said that workers who did not wish to move to the Geelong area would be offered options within the broader public sector.
Karen Batt, the Community and Public Sector Union secretary, said that families had uncertainty before Christmas due to the timing of the announcement. She said that instead of additional jobs being created, the move just shifts existing jobs around.
Ms Batt said that she understands there has been no analysis completed on where the workforce lives and according to previous experience it is anticipated that 80% will not move but will feel compelled to accept redundancy.