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Shift lost at Holden as Government fails to protect jobs

Jan 07, 2013

Isobel Redmond MP
Leader of the Opposition
Steven Marshall MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade

Shift lost at Holden as Government fails to protect jobs

Factory shifts will be cut at Holden following weaker than expected sales, only a month after 170 jobs were lost at the company’s South Australian plant.

Minister Koutsantonis and Premier Weatherill have previously championed their role in saving the jobs of workers through the Holden co-investment package announced in March 2012, but a decline in automotive manufacturing jobs has continued into 2013.

Minister Koutsantonis has previously stated:
“Today, we have secured the future of the Elizabeth Plant as well as the thousands of workers and their families in this state who rely on the automotive sector for their livelihood.”
(Press release, 22/03/12)
“Far from securing jobs, we have seen further losses across the industry,” Liberal Leader Isobel Redmond said.

Factory workers in South Australia and Victoria have been told to prepare for factory down days due to a drop in Commodore sales. Holden has been unable to confirm how many production days will be halted.
“This is further bad news for workers and their families coming into the New Year, who were already reeling from the November job losses,” Ms Redmond said.

“This news also affects the entire automotive supply chain, which suffers flow-on effects when Holden slows or stops production.”
“The Liberals first pointed out in March that the Holden co-investment package did nothing to ensure production in the manufacturing supply chain, but the Minister has continued to ignore the need for job security in the sector,” Shadow Minister for Industry and Trade Steven Marshall said.

“Premier Weatherill refused repeated calls from the Liberal Opposition to undertake a cost-benefit analysis of the co-investment package.
“According to ABS statistics, over 12,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in South Australia since the 2010 election.
“We have seen consecutive budget cuts to this crucial sector and we are now spending less on Government manufacturing programs than we were 20 years ago.”



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