270 jobs to go at Elizabeth as Holden reduces output by 50 cars a day

General Motors Holden will remove 270 positions from
its Elizabeth factory production line as it decreases the number of vehicles
made each day.

News Corp Australia Network reports that the number of
cars made per day will be reduced from 290 to 240 by May 25. Employee numbers
at the site will be reduced from 1,530 to 1,260 by then.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said the
news was unsurprising.

“They understand that between now and 2017 there was always going
to be a re-rate (reduction) at some stage or another,” the union’s federal secretary Dave Smith told the ABC.

Sales of Holden’s Commodore and Cruze vehicles are down
by 17 per cent and five per cent respectively this year.

The Australian reports that if sufficient numbers do
not come forward then forced redundancies would be made as Holden matched
production with demand for its vehicles.

GMH spokesman Sean Poppitt said the car
maker would not end manufacturing earlier than planned, and the announcement “supports
our plan of continuing to build world-class cars in Adelaide until the end of
2017.”

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