Feds to pursue Palmer for QNI worker's entitlements

THE Federal Government will pursue Clive Palmer to recover almost $74 million owed to retrenched Queensland Nickel workers and taxpayers will foot the bill to help support employees.  

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash announced today the government would use the Fair Entitlements Guarantee fund to bring forward payments owed to refinery workers after the company collapsed.  

"It is extremely disappointing that the Queensland Nickel Joint Venture Partners have not taken care of this business responsibility to look after their workers," Senator Cash said.  

Senator Cash said the government would ask a judge to appoint a Special Purpose Liquidator to help recover some of the money it expected to pay for employee entitlements.  

"Taxpayers across Australia can rest assured that the government will use every power at its disposal to ensure the corporate dealings of this joint venture arrangement are thoroughly investigated and responsible company officers are held to account," she said.  

Department of Employment FEG representatives will be in Townsville next week to support workers with the claim process.   - ARM Newsdesk