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Australian Defence Apparel sheds over 70 jobs

Australian Defence Apparel has said that 72 employees made redundant earlier this week would receive their full entitlements.

The company announced on Tuesday that 58 jobs at its Bendigo facility and 14 Melbourne jobs would be shed, with a reduction in the demand for defence uniforms due to a reduction in Australian troops deployed in Afghanistan.

"We stress that we are looking after our employees through this process," CEO David Giles-Kaye told the ABC.

The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union has said the size of the redundancies at Bendigo was a surprise, and that governments should strongly consider using local content for their uniforms.

"We understand that currently the ADA make the Victorian Police shirts offshore and they also make shirts for the defence force offshore and so we've asked them to look at whether it's possible to bring back that work and have it done in Bendigo to save jobs," said Michelle O’Neil from the TCFU.

Meanwhile, Wangaratta’s Bruck Textiles, a major supplier to ADA, has told its workers that their jobs would not be affected by the news.


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