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AMWU threatens SA jobs.



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24 May 2000           00/176 

AMWU THREATENS SA JOBS  The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, today accused the AMWU of threatening the jobs of hundreds of manufacturing workers in South Australia. 

"This week's dispute between the AMWU and a Victorian car component supplier has threatened to halt production at Holden's Elizabeth plant," Senator Minchin said  

"A shutdown at the plant would cost Holden $18 million a day and leave hundreds of workers without pay. 

"Yesterday, AMWU officials marched with the United Trades and Labor Council to the SA Parliament and called upon the Government to save South Australian jobs. Today, the AMWU is threatening hundreds of manufacturing workers jobs. 

"The AMWU's complete hypocrisy demonstrates how it is not only out of touch with its membership but potential membership. 

"At a time when union membership in Aust is at an all-time low the AMWU is telling its members to walk from their jobs. The leadership of the AMWU has acted without regard for its South Australian workers. 

"If the UTLC were genuine yesterday in their concern for SA workers then they should make public their opposition to the leadership of the AMWU. 

"By way of contrast, not only has the Howard Government legislated to freeze tariffs in the automotive sector but it will introduce from July this year a $2 billion Automotive Competitiveness and Investment Scheme (ACIS) to encourage major manufacturers to invest in Australia.  

'The SA based car companies are anticipated to receive about $1 billion over the life of ACIS. 

"It is time for the AMWU to leave demarcation disputes in Victoria behind and get behind South Australian car industry workers," Senator Minchin concluded. 

Contact: Steve Ronson, Senator Minchin's office, 08 8237 7190 

CMR226-00 

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