Toyota to move Sydney operations to Melbourne, end all manufacturing by 2018

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manufacturing jobs will be saved as Toyota Australia transitions to a sales and
distribution company in 2018 and consolidates its Melbourne operations.

The ABC reports that 100 back office jobs will go and 350 roles will move from Toyota’s
Sydney headquarters at Caringbah to Port Melbourne headquarters over two years.
Those who do not move will be offered redundancies.

According to News Corp, the Altona manufacturing site would be demolished and rebuilt as “most
likely a parts warehouse and offices for staff training.”

The car company’s workforce of 3,900 will shrink to 1,300 as it
ends its manufacturing operations in 2017. All 2,500 manufacturing jobs will
go.

“There had been some speculation they may have kept
some manufacturing but now confirming that it will all go is a great
disappointment to us,” Fairfax reports the AMWU’s Dave Smith as saying.

There had been hope that operations including stamping and
engine assembly may have been retained.

“It is particularly disappointing when the Australian dollar
is at 83 US cents and you could start making money off exports again,”
Smith added.

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