First anniversary of Holden’s exit decision

A year after Holden announced it would quit car making in
Australia, fewer than 10 workers have accept voluntary separation packages and
it is unclear whether the company will make it to its planned exit date.

The Herald Sun reports that Holden is facing falling sales
figures. For example, according to Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries
VFACTS figures, sales of Holden Commodore and Cruze dropped by 25 per cent in
November, compared to the same time last year.

Industry expert Professor John Spoehr told the Herald Sun
that it is still possible that the company may cease manufacturing before 2017.

Holden executive director of corporate affairs George Svigos
said the company is committed to 2017, but added that the Federal Government’s
plan to reduce the Automotive Transformation Scheme by $500 million over the
next three years may affect this.

Also he said that “the stability of our suppliers” is an
important factor to consider.

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is fighting to stop the Government changing
the Automotive Transformation Scheme.

“The Abbott Government’s failure to save the car industry
will punch a$21billion hole
in the Australian economy, and have a huge impact on the economies of South Australia and Victoria,” said Dave
Smith AMWU National Vehicle Secretary in a statement.

“The loss of Holden
and Toyota is a tragedy for
Australian workers and Australian communities.

“But worse, it is a
tragedy that could have been avoided if
the Abbott Government had understood that industry co-investment is an
important part of its responsibility to maintain viable jobs and economic
activity.”

Meanwhile, Drive.com.au reports that some Holden engineers
have already found new jobs with General Motors in the Us and Europe.

And up to 150 engineers could find jobs her in Australia
with Ford.