UPDATE: CLIVE Palmer's move to wrest back control of Queensland Nickel has forced the sacking of the remaining workers at the Townsville refinery from tomorrow.
Mr Palmer on Monday claimed he had "saved" the refinery, by creating a new company, Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd, to replace the current company that owns it, which is in administration.
Mr Palmer and his nephew Clive Mensink, direct the company, and Mr Palmer had promised to inject $23 million of his own money into the refinery to keep it open.
But the administrators of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd, FTI Consulting said on Thursday afternoon the ownership swap had meant they no longer had control of the refinery and were forced to terminate the remaining employees.
Some 237 workers had already been sacked, and the change will mean all of the 550-odd workers at the Yabulu Refinery will be out of job from Friday afternoon.
A statement from FTI Consulting said the company had "impressed" the urgency of the situation on Queensland Nickel Sales.
The statement said the new company could re-employ the workers left out of a job, but the administrators said they were "uncertain" about the status of any such offers.
"The terminations of employment and uncertainty regarding the new offers is a deeply regrettable situation, although unavoidable given the Administrators no longer have operational control of the Refinery," the statement said.
Mr Palmer on Monday told the ABC the refinery would not be closing and he had saved 550 jobs.
EARLIER: QUEENSLAND Nickel workers have been sacked by the voluntary administrators as they await the next move from Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel Sales.
The administrators FTI Consulting announced a short time ago that the terminations were effective as of 5pm Friday 11 March.
"On 7 March 2016 the Administrators received notice that Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd will replace Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd as the manager of the operations at the Yabulu Refinery with immediate effect,'' a statement said.
"The decision to replace Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd as joint venture manager was determined by Mr Clive Mensink as Director of QNI Resources Pty Ltd and QNI Metals Pty Ltd.
"As a result the Administrators no longer have operational or management control of the Yabulu Refinery.
"Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd, the newly appointed manager of the Refinery, may offer current employees of Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd employment but the Administrators are currently unaware of the terms or timing of those offers.
"The Administrators have impressed on Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd the urgency of the situation and the need to quickly resolve the ongoing employment of staff.
"At this time the Administrators are uncertain as to the status of future employment offers by Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd.
"The terminations of employment and uncertainty regarding the new offers is a deeply regrettable situation, although unavoidable given the Administrators no longer have operational control of the Refinery."
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