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Liberals have no plan for workers as Holden closes doors



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THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

THE HON ED HUSIC MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES AND WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION MEMBER FOR CHIFLEY

LIBERALS HAVE NO PLAN FOR WORKERS AS HOLDEN CLOSES DOORS

Following Holden's confirmation that the company will close its doors on manufacturing on 20 October 2017, Labor demands the Turnbull Government move quickly to ensure retrenched workers are given every support possible for secure new jobs.

The announcement of Holden's closure date is a reminder that it was the Liberal Government, with its disregard for Australian workers, that goaded Holden to leave our shores.

With the closure of Holden, Ford and the looming closure of Toyota, up to 40,000 jobs may end up being lost across the manufacturing industry.

Our thoughts are with the workers and their families who find themselves unemployed and uncertain about their future.

It is incumbent on the government to do more to support auto manufacturing businesses in transition and their workers.

It can do this by:

 Working with industry and state governments to develop an effective jobs and training strategy for every worker forced to leave the car manufacturing industry today and over the next few years.

 Fast-tracking access to the jobactive network, to let those providers source work and retraining opportunities as quickly as they can.

 Preparing for the downstream impact on components manufacturers by backing companies to transition into alternative industries.

The Turnbull Government made the decision to add more people to the unemployment lines, so they must do the work to ensure they can quickly find new, full time jobs.

Policies and support to guide families through this difficult time must be driven and implemented on a local level.

It’s clear this government doesn’t have a plan for auto and component manufacturing workers who may end up in the same position as the hundreds of thousands of other workers facing unemployment today.

SUNDAY, 15 JANUARY 2017

MEDIA CONTACTS: ERIN SMITH (O’CONNOR) 0458 950 010 ELISHA PEARCE (HUSIC) 0404 051 163