Holden Begins Involuntary Redundancies At Elizabeth Plant: Report Photo:

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Mike Stevens | May, 21 2015 | 9 Comments

Holden is understood to have moved an unspecified number of workers at its Elizabeth plant into involuntary redundancies this week.

This report follows confirmation in April that some 270 jobs would be lost as the company winds production back from 290 cars per day to 240.

“This move better aligns production with demand and supports our plan of continuing to build world-class cars in Adelaide until the end of 2017," Holden communications chief Sean Poppitt said in April.

It is believed however that Holden has so far been unable to attract a full 270 workers to a voluntary redundancy package.

Earlier this month, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union secretary John Camillo said that he expects around 70 to 90 of the job cuts will end up as forced redundancies.

A report with The Australian today claims that 10 positions were terminated yesterday.

Speaking with TMR today, Holden’s Sean Poppitt could not confirm if any involuntary redundancies have been made at this stage, saying only that the company will speak with staff before offering comment.

“As we go through this difficult process our priority is to make sure our employees are informed, first and foremost,” he said.

Mr Poppitt said that all Holden employees “have access to career counselling, training and job-search assistance, and will continue to have access to this after they leave Holden”.

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