Workers will protest today outside the Footscray
factory of Workwear Group over a decision to cancel a defence uniform order.
AAP reports that the workers will appeal to defence minister
Kevin Andrews to reverse the decision, which puts at risk 80 jobs and Australia’s
“As a result of this short-sighted
decision, 80 Australians will lose their jobs, and manufacturing of Australian
defence uniforms is at risk of being moved entirely offshore,” the
TCF Australia union’s Michele O’Neil said in a statement.
WWG, which also produces brands including
Hard Yakka and King Gee, was acquired by Wesfarmers from Pacific Brands, with the ACCC announcing it would not oppose the decision last November.