The Thor: Ragnarok production is cutting jobs in Australia but Kiwis seem to be safe

The crew of the upcoming Thor movie is reeling from job cuts on set.
The crew of the upcoming Thor movie is reeling from job cuts on set.

More than 100 employees have been cut from the Gold Coast set of Thor: Ragnarok but Kiwis seem favoured to stay over Aussies.

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, 25 staff had been let go last week but a further 80 or so staff - largely working in sets and construction - who were under the impression they would have work until at least late October, were given their termination notice on Friday.

A worker told the Bulletin: "Two weeks ago you couldn't drive into the studio for all the traffic and getting out took 15 minutes - now you can just drive in and out instantly, it feels quite desolate."

But he added that the film - helmed by Kiwi director Taika Waititi - was favouring keeping New Zealand crew ahead of locals which was causing "quite a lot of antagonism".

Kiwi flm director Taika Waititi is at the helm of Thor: Ragnarok. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Kiwi flm director Taika Waititi is at the helm of Thor: Ragnarok. Photo / Sarah Ivey

"The New Zealand crew is being well looked after and seem to be in charge of a lot of the main jobs," he said.

"They've looked after their own and it's the locals who have all suffered."

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira did not return the Bulletin's calls but had said in a previous interview that "Different skill sets are needed at different times and not all crew work for the duration of the filming".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said despite the fact the set builders were promised work until November, their work was simply "finished".

"As the construction comes to an end, what we will see is more jobs when actors come in. I don't have any concerns. I'm very satisfied," she said.

- NZ Herald

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