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Flow on effects of Ford plant closures will decimate communities

Annette Moran - Monday, May 27, 2013
The Electrical Trades Union has warned that unless the impacts of Ford’s announced closures of its Geelong engine plant and Broadmeadows car assembly line in October 2016 are properly managed the flow on effects could decimate local communities that rely on the car manufacturing industry.

With more than 25,000 Victorians employed by the car industry — many
providing parts or services to the Ford operations — the union fears thousands of job losses may occur, beyond the 1200 announced by Ford.

ETU assistant national secretary Allen Hicks said the union’s Victorian Branch was committed to doing everything possible for members impacted by the closure, along with their families and broader communities.

In a short space of time we are going to see communities that have been built on manufacturing lose thousands of jobs, which will not only harm the workers directly involved, but decimate the local economies nearby, Mr Hicks said.

Our union is determined to fight for appropriate support for our members, with retraining and assistance with finding new employment vital to limit the damage these plant closures cause.

These communities need to be assisted so that new industries, investment and employment opportunities can be found for these communities.

The ETU said the announcement once again high as the mining boom keeps the Australian dollar at unsustainable levels.

These 1200 Ford workers, and the thousands more that will be impacted at suppliers and other affiliated businesses, are the face of a two-tier economy in which the manufacturing sector is suffering a death of a thousand cuts thanks to the ongoing resources boom, Mr Hicks said.

We need to manage our economy in a way that protects the future of all Australian industries, rather than becoming completely dependent on mineral wealth.

Today’s announcement by Ford also raises serious fears among out membership about the future of car manufacturing by Holden and Toyota in Australia.


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