Pages tagged "Toyota"

  • Toyota Announcement

    The announcement that Toyota will cease manufacturing operations in Australia is devastating. This is sad news for our community and will have a profound impact upon many.

    It will mean the direct loss of 2500 jobs at the Altona factory, but will also have flow on effects for thousands of others working in linked and service industries.

    This will affect local families too – husbands, wives, partners and children. Many are already bearing the brunt of cuts from the Abbott Government, and my thoughts are with them during what must be an extraordinarily difficult time.

    It is also bad news for our state, with tens of thousands of Victorian jobs now at risk. Component manufacturing workers, related small business employees and those in the Research and Development sector are also in danger of losing their jobs.

    This will have a disastrous and long-lasting impact on our state’s economy, future industry potential and job creation in Victoria.

    Ultimately, this situation demonstrates the Abbott Government’s failure to work proactively to secure our automotive industry and support Australian jobs.

    Prime Minister Abbott could - and should - have worked with both General Motors and Toyota to find ways to ensure their continued presence in Australia. Instead, he has played politics with the livelihood of thousands.

    The Labor Opposition is calling on the Government to be part of a bi-partisan commitment to secure jobs and training for those affected. These workers need opportunities, not to join the unemployment queue.

    Locally, I know that residents will be looking out for affected family, friends and neighbours and I urge our community to stand together in the face of this sad news.

  • Toyota Redundancies

    The announcement by Toyota that 100 staff members at their Altona plant will be given voluntary redundancies should be a wake-up call to the Abbott Government.

    In this difficult time for Toyota staff and their families, the Abbott Government needs to stop hiding and give Australia’s car manufacturers, and the thousands of workers they employ, greater certainty.

    Our manufacturers are under enormous pressure and if we want to see major employers like our automotive makers stay in business and keep providing jobs for Australians, then the Abbott Government must stand up.

    Labor recognises the challenging business conditions Toyota faces, and in an intensely competitive international market our manufacturers need certainty to secure new investment.

    This is not just about the 2500 workers at the Toyota Altona plant - many of whom live in my electorate - but about the very future of our car industry.

    The loss of this industry would result in large-scale job losses, as well as an end to ongoing research and development, technological advances and innovation.

    It’s time the Abbott Government provide the automotive industry with a long term commitment that it can bank on.

    The Abbott Government needs to act now.