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AMWU Calls For Government Support as More Automotive Job Losses Announced

August 31, 2012 • News

The AMWU has called for greater support for  local manufacturing, following yesterday’s announcement that 32 jobs will be lost from Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV).

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The Herald Sun reported thirty two jobs will be lost at Ford’s performance car division as the car maker further streamlines its Australian operation.

Originally established as a joint venture with English company Prodrive, Ford Performance Vehicles is being bought out by Ford Australia.

AMWU National Vehicle Division Secretary Dave Smith says that the Union’s number one priority is ensuring that the FPV employees will receive their full entitlements and other benefits.

“Today’s redundancy announcement reinforces the need for State and Federal Governments to provide greater support to the local manufacturing and car component industries.63 per cent of Australians agree that with Government support, Australia can have a successful manufacturing industry, according to the latest Essential Research polling,” said Mr Smith.

The Herald Sun revealed, Ford is hopeful that the extra work created at its main Broadmeadows manufacturing plant will mean fewer redundancies there. The AMWU hopes the decision will increase consumer confidence.

“We welcome the retention of jobs at Ford as a result of these operations moving in-house, but regret that these positions have been created at the expense of FPV workers. We hope the increase in jobs at Ford provides consumers with the confidence they need in the company to buy their locally manufactured vehicles,” Mr Smith said.

In January Ford announced the Falcon will continue to be produced in Melbourne until at least 2016 after a $103 million investment from the car company and the Victorian and federal governments.

“The AMWU call on State and Federal Governments to preference locally manufactured products and in doing so, provide job security to thousands of Victorian workers. Currently, only 1 in 3 Government vehicles are produced locally. A strong Victorian economy is dependent on a strong local manufacturing industry,” Mr Smith said.

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