No more Commodores?

If you’re Ford man, feel free to scroll down…

Could it be the end of an era? The unions are blaming Holden.

HUNDREDS of workers at Holden’s Melbourne operations could be out of work after the company told senior staff it would stop making the iconic Commodore.

Job losses could start early next year with up to 350 staff losing their jobs by mid-2013.

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers chief Chris Walton said senior Holden staff were told the 2014 Commodore could be the last made in Australia.

Mr Walton said the union, which represents engineers who design the Commodore, was told of the possible changes while negotiating a new pay deal.

“The members heard a rumour after someone from Detroit came out and so we approached Holden and they advised us that it was highly likely the next Commodore, the 2014 model, will be the last Commodore engineered and designed in Australia,” he said.

Who’s to blame? Well after wading through the article, right down near the bottom comes the most likely truth.

Holden general manager Mike Devereux:

“What I can tell you specifically is that it is difficult today to do things in Australia, to continue to manufacture things in Australia with the economic and political climate that we’ve got and we at Holden fight every single day for the right to continue to do the three things that we do here…that is to design, build and engineer cars.”

By “economic and political climate”, does he mean CARBON TAX?

PS No one wants union workers to be paid the same as sweatshop labourers, yet there is still this willful ignorance on their part to the realities of a global manufacturing and working market.

    • Merilyn
    • November 3rd, 2011

    Slightly of topic but this is the Government Australia now has.

    • Merilyn
    • November 3rd, 2011

    ……and here are the Greens and GetUp with their knickers in a knot.

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    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • November 3rd, 2011

    They’d better be taking the piss…

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