Holden workers strike over redundancy payment cap

About 150 workers at Holden’s Fishermans Bend engine assembly plant went on strike over caps on redundancy payments.

News Limited Network reports that the dispute at Port Melbourne was over Holden wanting to cap forced redundancy payments at 52 weeks’ worth of wages. 100 voluntary redundancies were offered by Holden, with only 70 taking these.

The Australian, which claims the strikers numbered 200, reports that employees were unhappy at the cap for the 30 workers on forced redundancies.

Holden said in a statement that, “The redundancies are required because a voluntary redundancy program earlier this year failed to achieve the necessary numbers despite a lengthy process.

“It is regrettable that some of our employees have decided to take this industrial action while the matter is being resolved through the Fair Work process.”

In related news, yesterday South Australian premier Jay Weather successfully passed a motion in parliament urging the federal government to support the troubled car maker

Holden’s future is in doubt, and if it ended manufacturing in Australia, it would see a collapse of the car making industry in Australia. Holden’s shutdown, according to two economists, would lead to a loss of more than 13,000 jobs in SA alone.

“We cannot afford to stand still in this state,” said Weatherill

“Our state is having an exciting opportunity ahead of us, but we cannot afford to let this sector die.”

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