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Unionists protest against potential loss of jobs

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Hundreds of unionists gathered outside Parliament House in Perth to protest against the potential loss of jobs in the gas industry.

They have blocked all the entrances stopping MPs and staff from entering the carpark.

The Australian Metal Workers Union say a decision by Woodside and Shell to use floating LNG platforms rather than onshore gas processing hubs will cost thousands of jobs.

Woodside recently shelved plans to build a $45 billion gas hub at James Price Point, north of Broome.

It is believed the company is investigating the use of floating LNG technology to process gas from the Browse Basin.

Union spokesman Steve McCartney says multinational companies should not be dictating how they will exploit the state’s natural resources.

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