Members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) are planning to hold a rally outside the Productivity Commission hearings into the car industry in Adelaide today.
AAP reports that the union has called for continued government assistance to the struggling industry amid fears that, without assistance, Holden will follow Ford’s example and stop manufacturing cars in this country.
“In order to ensure that a positive future for the automotive industry and the broader manufacturing industry can be achieved, a constructive partnership needs to be built between firms, workers and government,” the AMWU said in its submission.
According to the ABC, today’s hearing will hear many submissions in support of the industry.
The State Government, the AMWU, industry body the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association, manufacturing industry expert Professor Goran Roos, and Academics from the Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre of Adelaide University will all make submissions.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said that he would be emphasising the fact that 13,000 South Australian jobs would be put at risk if Holden stopped manufacturing in Australia.
“The skills and capabilities that underpin the ability to have a manufacturing industry in our state is crucial for us because the industries that are going to grow in the future – our food industries, our gas and other resources sectors and also the defence sector – really rely upon the skills and capabilities that come out of the car industry,” he said.