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Holden workers accept hardship package

Around 50 Holden workers are expected to leave the company’s Elizabeth assembly operations in Adelaide this week after being granted hardship packages.

The car workers are among several hundred who expressed an interest in taking the package because of difficulties associated with working half-time on reduced pay.

At present, Holden’s assembly workers work one week on and one week off, and this shift arrangement is expected to remain in place until local production of the Holden Cruze begins early next year.

The workers finishing this week are the first applications approved under the company’s hardship recognition program, which were reviewed by a joint union and management committee.

According to the company, the hardship recognition program was developed in response to requests from Holden employees and will allow those award covered employees who are experiencing hardship to transition to alternative employment with a financial safety net.

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