Peak state union body SA Unions has listed protecting manufacturing as a focus over coming period as it announced its five-year plan, launched by Premier Jay Weatherill yesterday.
The ABC reports that then plan was launched in Adelaide yesterday, with car manufacturing’s importance highlighted, with Holden’s Elizabeth plant is in the middle of cutting 400 jobs and the state’s government reportedly considering a boost in assistance to the car maker.
"Our car industry is the linchpin for other manufacturers and without support it won't be just Holden workers and their families who will suffer," said SA Unions’ Janet Giles.
Giles also listed areas such as ending child labour, temporary protection visas and changes to government tendering – to favour local industries – as important areas.
Meanwhile, Weatherill used the first post on his new blog to mention the importance of ongoing support to Holden, News Limited reports.
“To successfully transform our existing manufacturing base to an advanced manufacturing industry, we need to protect the capabilities and skills we already have,” wrote the SA Premier.
“A report by the leading economist Associate Professor Barry Burgan found that in South Australia alone up to 16,000 jobs would be at risk if Holden closed and the loss to the state’s economy could be up to $1.5 billion.”