Mike Stevens | Feb 20, 2009

Representatives from GM Holden and The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) will meet next week to discuss possible job cuts likely to come as a result of the global restructuring plan unveiled by parent General Motors this week.

The restructuring plan outlines more than 47,000 job cuts, and 26,000 of those are to be made in foreign offices and plants. It’s unclear yet exactly how many jobs will go at Holden, but the company said it has tough decisions ahead. We looked at this topic in greater detail yesterday.

AMWU state secretary John Camillo acknowledged that it is inevitable that in the current climate, jobs will be lost.

"We don't know what the number at this stage is, but we'll be sitting down with Holden in the next week to a look at what is the situation," Mr. Camillo said in an interview with ABC radio this week.

GM Holden - Elizabeth, S.A.

While Holden’s Adelaide plant is busy tooling up to build a new four-cylinder engine from 2010, which Mr. Camillo said will help to keep and create jobs, workers still need to know the shape of the future.

"The problem facing us now is how many jobs Holden are looking at," he said.

"But also the restructuring in regard to how we go forward in these challenging times when vehicle sales in Australia are down and we are facing some major hurdles over the next six months."

GM believes Holden will remain viable and will be a solid contributor to the carmaker’s recovery, which is perhaps more than can be said for GM’s European subsidiaries.

[The Age]

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