Boeing to cut 300 staff at Port Melbourne

Boeing has
announced it will shed up to 300 jobs at its Port Melbourne site by the end of the year.

AAP reports
that the jobs were mainly contractor positions, and the company claims that the
cuts had been expected for a long time.

“In line with a long established
financial forecast, we will be releasing up to 300 people, primarily fixed-term
contractors, by the end of the year,” the company’s statement, made last night, read.

The aerospace giant employs 1,300 at the
site, and it has been manufacturing in Australia since 1927. Its Port Melbourne R&D lab, opened last year, is its largest outside the United States.

“This was always our intention
when the company’s aircraft programs stabilised at full production rates,”
the ABC quotes Boeing spokesman Chaz Bickers as saying.

“Reducing
employment on these programs is a natural part of the manufacturing cycle.”

The AMWU did not appear to read much
into the announcement, agreeing that it was part of the cyclical nature of
company’s operations.

“It doesn’t appear
to be any sort of decline, it doesn’t appear to have an effect on the operations
at the Port Melbourne site,” said the union’s Craig Kelly.

The news followed Philip Morris’s announcement that it would end manufacturing at its Moorabbin factory by year’s end.

 

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