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The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says more than 600 rail manufacturing jobs could be lost in the Hunter if the industry is not given assurances for the future.
The union says U-G-L's work on the OSCAR project and Downer EDI's Waratah trains contract is nearing completion.
The state government has not issued any new contracts for train carriages despite announcing last year the proposed North-West and South-West rail links.
Union assistant state secretary Steve Murphy says he is meeting with the two companies and other contractors this week to get an understanding of where the industry is at.
"We then want to take that information, so it's factual information to all of the local state members," he said.
"We'll talk to them about giving a commitment to secure those local jobs and those workers' families financial security for the future by advocating on their behalf to the state government that those trains future purchases should be built in Newcastle."
Mr Murphy says the state government needs to give the region some certainty.
"We do know that there is a need on the network both with the aging fleet and with the number of people that want to catch public transport that there's be a requirement to renew the fleet and to purchase more trains," he said.
"What we need is some undertaking from the government that they do intend to purchase trains firstly and secondly a commitment that those trains are going to be built locally."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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