AMWU: local politicians need to contribute to Orange Electrolux factory review

The AMWU has met Electrolux’s Orange plant’s management and said that the union will be following a six-month review closely.

The AMWU has met Electrolux’s Orange plant’s management and said that the union will be following a six-month review closely.

Reported by Manufacturers’ Monthly and others, the factory’s managers announced earlier in the month that the site was under review by Swedish parent company Electrolux Group. The factory in NSW’s central west will be competing with other Electrolux factories worldwide for $50 million in investment, and the company suggested there was a chance the site could close in 2015.

“I will write to the member for Calare John Cobb to seek his assistance in putting his support behind Electrolux as I want him to be fully aware of all the issues at stake here,” the AMWU’s Tim Ayres told the Central West Daily.

“There is no point him blundering around making big claims which are not accurate and not helpful in this situation until he has a full picture of what is happening,” said Ayres, possibly in response to Cobb’s linking of the carbon tax to the factory’s efficiency review.

Ayres said that the process would show how effective the factory’s output was, but local politicians, including Cobb, needed to get involved.

"I've got real confidence that if this is a fair process, if it looks at quality, competitiveness and safety and there's a proper engagement with Electrolux, than this bid will be successful,” Ayres told the ABC.

Ayres also praised prime minister Julia Gillard’s policy announcement last weekend, aiming to save jobs in manufacturing by encouraging local procurement and investment in innovation.