Posted on 09. Aug, 2011 in News

The Baillieu-Ryan Government should outline its plan to curb further job losses in the Goulburn Valley region after today’s announcements that around 150 workers will lose their jobs at SPC Ardmona, Leader of the Opposition Daniel Andrews said today.

“My thoughts are with the workers and their families affected by this decision,” Mr Andrews said.

“These job losses are also devastating news for the region.

“SPC Ardmona is an iconic brand and has been a long-time employer in the Goulburn Valley.

“This is heart breaking for families and shattering for the community, and will severely impact the economy of the Goulburn Valley.”

Mr Andrews said the Government needed to explain what action it had taken to stop these job losses, and what action it would take in the future to curb any future losses.

“To protect jobs, the State Government must have the right programs and policies in place to attract and retain businesses in regional Victoria,” he said.

“But without a plan to protect and grow our manufacturing sector, we will see more job losses across the state.

“We have a Government asleep at the wheel, with no real plan to create jobs and attract investment to regional Victoria. This Government doesn’t even have a Minister dedicated to driving jobs in regional Victoria.”

There have been more than 1000 manufacturing job losses across Victoria since March.

Mr Andrews said the rising Australian dollar was putting strain on the state’s manufacturing industry and we had already seen significant job losses at other companies across the state.

“Mr Baillieu needs to understand he has a responsibility to help industry build domestic and international competitiveness through the attraction of investment in research and development, innovation, technological transfer and workforce skills enhancement,” he said.

“It’s time Mr Baillieu formulated a detailed plan on how he will protect Victoria’s jobs.

“The Baillieu-Ryan Government has an opportunity to assist industry to meet these significant challenges and minimise job losses, but instead has chosen to do nothing.

“It’s clear the Government has no plan to support jobs across regional Victoria. This is evidenced by the 1000 manufacturing jobs lost in past five months. The Government is not doing the hard work and is ignoring the needs of regional workers.”

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