Clive Palmer agrees to pay unpaid Queensland Nickel workers


Controversial businessman Clive Palmer has announced he will pay Queensland Nickel workers their unpaid entitlements, three years after his refinery was shuttered in Townsville.

Mr Palmer, whose United Australia Party is fielding candidates in next month’s federal election, has faced repeated criticism after Queensland Nickel went into liquidation in 2016, leaving hundreds of workers and taxpayers owed about $70 million.

United Australia Party leader Clive Palmer has announced he will pay unpaid workers’ entitlements at Queensland Nickel.Credit:AAP Image/ Dave Hunt

However, Mr Palmer insisted neither he nor his companies were responsible for dismissals at the Yabulu refinery.

“It was the administrators of Queensland Nickel who, despite the direction of joint venture partners, refused to transfer employees and assets to a new operator, which would have allowed workers to keep their jobs,” he said in a statement.



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