Vic Labor Urged to Get Cracking on Jobs

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Unions want Victoria’s incoming Andrews government to get cracking on “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects to create jobs.

The outgoing Napthine government had said its planned East West Link tollway would create 7000 jobs, but Labor has said the project will not proceed.

“We’re looking forward to all types of different construction jobs – be that on road or rail,” Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Luke Hilakari told reporters on Sunday.

“We need shovel-ready jobs right now. We need infrastructure jobs to start right now.”

Mr Hilakari also said the union movement would hold Labor to the promises it made in opposition.

This includes ending the long-running paramedics pay dispute by sacking the board of Ambulance Victoria and referring the case to the Fair Work Commission.

“Victorian unions want to make sure that every politician is held accountable for their promises,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to working with the new Andrews government.”

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