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Over 520 jobs for retrenched Mitsubishi workers through Job Network.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

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Over 520 Jobs For Retrenched Mitsubishi Workers Through Job Network

More than 520 former Mitsubishi workers have been helped into a new job through Job Network assisted by the Howard Government’s $10 million labour adjustment package.

523 staff have progressively left the Lonsdale plant since early September last year. Of these 482 engaged with a Job Network member and 291 have already been placed in work. Of the 450 staff who have left the Tonsley Park plant, 325 have engaged with Job Network and 233 have already been placed into work.

As part of the $10 million labour adjustment package, the Howard Government continues to help not only those workers leaving Mitsubishi but also any workers of the company’s suppliers who are made redundant as a result of Mitsubishi’s restructure.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, said today the Howard Government continues to do all it can to help former Mitsubishi staff find new work. He said working with Job Network, State and local government agencies and industry bodies is paying off.

"As part of the package, the Government placed two Australian JobSearch touch screen kiosks and telephones were installed on site at the Lonsdale plant so Mitsubishi workers can look for work and contact prospective employers. These touch screens were very popular with the workers and early on recorded the highest usage of such facilities nationally". Mr Andrews said.

"One initiative for workers with special needs has been to provide at least 12 months of transport assistance to a group of intellectually disabled workers. In partnership with Mitsubishi Motors, four Orana Industries employees whose work has been outsourced and who were previously employed by Mitsubishi at Tonsley Park, have been assisted to continue their employment at TNT Logistics Australia Ltd in Wingfield.

"Some have also moved into self-employment. With support from Job Network member Workskil, one former employee settled on a cleaning franchise in business partnership with his partner who was also a former Mitsubishi worker.

"After some initial business training, both business partners have been working full-time since June 2005, and with the success of their business, are looking to recruit more staff. It’s a fantastic example of the Howard Government supporting enterprising Australians." Mr Andrews said.

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4/08/2005