Holden’s Elizabeth factory workers and the Federation of Vehicle Industry Unions (FVIU) met on Thursday to discuss the company’s response to the unions’ seven-point plan, and have again asked that the Coalition support the car industry.
General Motors Holden’s managing director Mike Devereux has highlighted the unique set of difficulties facing Australian car-makers and said the company is “laser-focussed” on making savings as it attempts to remain viable.
Holden’s workers were given an ultimatum on Tuesday: take a pay cut or the company would join Ford and stop making cars in Australia in 2016.
The future of the shrinking automotive manufacturing sector in Australia is hard to predict and redundant workers may find it difficult to gain employment elsewhere, according to Japanese company Hirotec.
At first glance, there are not many positives coming out of the coal sector, with dropping commodity prices, miners operating on thinner margins, deferred projects and investment, and job losses.
The Australian subsidiary of mining giant Joy Global is closing its Unanderra plant, with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union claiming that 50 jobs will be lost as a result.
Terry Davis, the managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil, has spoken of the pressures facing food manufacturers during a speech to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.
The Coalition has rejected Holden’s request for more assistance after the car maker said over the weekend that it would stop manufacturing in Australia without more support.
There is hope that some of the jobs that will be lost when Ford stops making cars in Australia in 2016 can be replaced in carbon fibre and composites manufacturing.
Industry minister Greg Combet has defended the level of government support given to automotive makers in Australia, claiming that a Coalition government would cut funding.
A summit involving the federal government and representatives for Australia’s three car manufacturers is being held today in Melbourne, in response to Ford’s decision to stop making cars in the country in 2016.
Ford Australia has announced that it will contribute $10 million to a fund for those losing their jobs when the company ceases manufacturing in Australia in 2016.
The total impact of the flow-on effects of Ford quitting car-making in Australia are not known, a Senate Estimates committee has been told, and this will take time to calculate.
Unions are concerned about further job losses in Gippsland’s manufacturing sector, following recent job losses announced in Victoria.
Ampcontrol and the Electrical Trades Union say they are cooperating to minimise the effects of job cuts at the company due to the mining slowdown.
“You’ll never see Japanese cars in an RSL car park.”
That was Bill Bourke, Ford Australia’s sales supremo of the ’60s.
Bourke was wrong. Dead wrong.
Holden and Toyota have recommitted to manufacturing cars in Australia, with Holden suggesting that more government support could be necessary.
Elders is assessing the impact of Thursday’s announcement by Ford on Futuris Automotive, the country’s leading automotive parts supplier.
The Illawarra Region Innovation and Investment Fund, budgeted at $300 million and designed in response to 800 redundancies at BlueScope’s operations in Port Kembla, has been called a failure by some that it was designed to assist.
CSR has posted a net loss of $146.9 million for the year to March, with a poor result in its Viridian glass division, but is optimistic about the future.