Ford to sack 250 next week

Up to 250 workers will be made to take redundancies at Ford
Australia in Victoria early next week, according to reports.

News Corp reports that Ford claims the sackings will be the
last before the car company ends manufacturing altogether in Australia in
October 2016.

Production has slowed to 83 vehicles a day from 133 a day at
the beginning of 2014 and 500 in the 1990s.

The AMWU has told Fairfax that workers would find out early
next week who would be affected. Only 50 workers at the Geelong and
Broadmeadows plants have accepted voluntary redundancy offers out of 300

Sales are down sharply since the announcement of the factory
closures in May last year. Fairfax reports that sales of locally made Ford
Falcon sedans and utes and Ford Territories totalled 29.550 last year. This is
in comparison to 54.087 sold in 2009.

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