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Federal Government commited [committed] to assisting Holden workers.



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DAVID FAWCETT MP Member for Wakefield

26 August 2005

MEDIA RELEASE 115/05 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT COMMITED TO ASSISTING HOLDEN WORKERS

Member for Wakefield, David Fawcett expressed his concern at the decision made by General Motors Holden to eliminate the third shift at the Elizabeth plant because of the affect that it will have on workers and their families.

Mr Fawcett said whilst the announcement is disappointing he does understand the Company need to respond to the international economic climate.

“It was the strong climate 3 years ago which saw the introduction of the third shift and it is also a commercial decision which will see the shift cease for the foreseeable future.

“I am pleased the company will honour all worker entitlements and welcome the contribution of the State Government to work with the Federal Government through the establishment of the $10 million labour adjustment fund to assist displaced workers. The Federal Government have allocated $7.5m and the State Government $2.5m.

“The package will also provide Federal Government support to workers through the labour market programmes including access to individual consultants who assist with job search training and advice, access to job vacancies, access to Job Seeker Accounts and the Training Accounts for mature age and indigenous job seekers“ Mr Fawcett said.

Mr Fawcett also said a similar package was offered to Mitsubishi workers following the closure of the Tonsley engine plant in 2004 and nearly 80% of those workers have been successful in gaining employment.

Mr Fawcett said he has been encouraged by approaches made by business owners within the area who have jobs available offering to assist workers.

“I recognise the concern this announcement will cause for families who have mortgages and other commitments and as the local member I will continue to work with the industry sector and GMH to do all we can to provide certainty for workers and their families” Mr Fawcett concluded.

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