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Global Turmoil Forces Holden Shutdowns

ABC News
14 October 2008
www.abc.net.au

Holden's 7 millionth car recently: now production shutdowns due to global financial crisis.

A company official says 3,400 workers will be affected when the Elizabeth plant closes for two extra days this month and a week in November.

Workers will also be forced to take an extra two weeks off over Christmas.

Manufacturing Workers Union official John Camillo says the union will push Holden to provide workers with 40 per cent of their pay over the extra days off.

"I want to be able to see that every single worker is covered by some annual leave or some payment," he said.

"[There is] nothing worse than people going home with no pay."

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Holden Sales Slump Hits Adelaide Workers

AAP
18 November 2008
www.drive.com.au

Workers employed at Holden's plant in northern Adelaide will lose more work, following the car maker's decision to schedule another 25 days of production shutdowns.

The production line closures, to be spread across the first three months of next year, are the result of poor sales amid the global economic crisis, the Manufacturing Workers Union said.

Holden will make 15,000 fewer cars because of the production slowdown.

The car maker's 3,400 workers in South Australia have already had several days off in recent weeks.

Holden official Andrea Matthews assured workers no jobs were currently at risk.

"We always say there's no guarantees in the car industry but what we have preferred to do is introduce these extra non-production days rather than remove jobs," she told ABC Radio.

"We think our workers clearly prefer this as well."

Ms Matthews said Holden was committed to maintaining a manufacturing presence at Elizabeth and was confident of the future.




I guess there is a lot more of this to come. They will bring forward RDOs and holidays I expect.
 

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Re: Holden enforced holidays

Yep, that's bad news alright. I wonder how the push for MonaroSS's Commodette model is going. ;)
It would be very interesting to be a fly on the wall at Holden now and listen to what decisions they are making for the future now, given the expense of developing Zeta i doubt they would be able to make to many engineering changes to it to try make it smaller untill they have paid for it, its still only 2 years of sales and not very high ones compared to say 4-5 years ago.

Wouldnt be suprised if they go back to say VT-VZ sized Commodores in the future, not sure why they went even bigger than that series for the VE, but when your designing something thats not coming out for 5 years sometimes you dont always get it 100% right.
 

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yeah i know it does for annual leave and sick leave, and beside what type of employment are we talking about for these auto-worker?

Well i ve only worked as a part time/causal position so far, and if i am not there at work, i wont get pay:p:
Well we dont have "auto workers" in this country. Thats a foreign concept. As is, thankfully, foreign standards of employment
 

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It is sad that they are not getting enough shift, but it doesn't make sense to get pay while not working
Exactly, they should be happy they still have a job, not get paid for doing nothing! [email protected]@dy unions!
 

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Samkung. The reason is that you have invested a lot in training these people in your methods and you dont want them looking elswhere for employment unless you are contemplating layoffs (in which case you would have just done that). The workers know this so they want some pay in return for losing the flexibility for their holidays and entitlements and for taking "unpaid leave".
As for "demonv8s" comments yes you are partly right but these people are co-operating with management because they know of the difficulties.

But, and its a big but, you are talking about an industry that has not paid for its bills for production within 30 days for a long long time. The typical terms in the auto industry is 90 days after the end of the month of the invoice so in an extreme case they using their suppliers money for 119 days ie there suppliers are their bank. Likewise between their suppliers and their transport subcontractors they are the industry's warehouses (JIT) -the auto companies only keep the current shift quantities in stock typically.

Workers in Australia are not stupid they know how their industry works and the unions co-operate when it the case makes sense. In fact most unions in Australia have industrial officers with similar qualifications to those running the companies their members are working in. Although I have been away from it for four years now I still keep in touch with a few and the while the future doesnt look rosey it may be managable with co-operation between Govt/management/Unions.
 

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I don' think they should go back to VT-VZ size. If they intend on going back, Then it's got to be between a Vectra/VZ size. A VT today is a bg mother still i drive one:D.

I'm thinking 4750mm length, 1810 width, 1800mm wheelbase, 1410mm height.

And i think they can still sell the Statesman/Caprice off the normal platform as they have plenty to sell overseas. This would make it a real limo next to a downsize commodore.
 

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Holden Sales Slump Hits Adelaide Workers

AAP
18 November 2008
www.drive.com.au

Workers employed at Holden's plant in northern Adelaide will lose more work, following the car maker's decision to schedule another 25 days of production shutdowns.

The production line closures, to be spread across the first three months of next year, are the result of poor sales amid the global economic crisis, the Manufacturing Workers Union said.

Holden will make 15,000 fewer cars because of the production slowdown.

The car maker's 3,400 workers in South Australia have already had several days off in recent weeks.

Holden official Andrea Matthews assured workers no jobs were currently at risk.

"We always say there's no guarantees in the car industry but what we have preferred to do is introduce these extra non-production days rather than remove jobs," she told ABC Radio.

"We think our workers clearly prefer this as well."

Ms Matthews said Holden was committed to maintaining a manufacturing presence at Elizabeth and was confident of the future.
 

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I thought sales were reasonably buoyant, though I suspect there is a significant slow down in exports at the moment. Our 2 biggest export markets are the 2 most significantly smashed by the GEC (hey I made an acronym:D).....all rights reserved :p:
 

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Re: Holden enforced holidays

Yep, that's bad news alright. I wonder how the push for MonaroSS's Commodette model is going. ;)
Well I did my bit and pushed it onto Lutz, now he has to do some pushing. Problem first is getting cash to do anything........




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