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About 50 engineers walked off the job at Holden’s Port Melbourne engine plant yesterday.
Business Spectator reports that the action was a show of solidarity with the conditions offered to 30 workers made forcibly redundant, with one worker telling Spectator that there was unhappiness over a lack of transparency over who was selected among the 30.
As has been reported earlier, Holden has offered up to 52 weeks’ worth of pay to those on forced redundancies. 100 job cuts needed to be made, the car maker said, and only 70 workers came forward for voluntary redundancies.
The 50 who went on strike yesterday did not have their action endorsed by the AMWU.
Fairfax reported yesterday that 200 workers had voted to strike for two days and were scheduled to return to work on Wednesday.
The engines made at Port Melbourne are used in vehicles assembled at Elizabeth in South Australia. Stockpiles of engines exist, but, according to one worker who spoke to Fairfax, these would run low early next week.
Last night the Fair Work Commission ordered those on strike to end their industrial action.