APV JOB LOSSES HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR BAILLIEU SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIAN MANUFACTURING SECTOR

Posted on 10. Apr, 2012 in News

Shadow Minister for Manufacturing, Adem Somyurek MP said the loss today of 126 jobs at Coburg car component maker APV Automotive Components was a tragedy for the workers and their families.

“These workers have been stood down without pay after the company was placed in receivership. This news is a stark reminder that the Baillieu Government has no solutions to support Victorian manufacturing.”

He said that the manufacturing sector in Victoria is suffering from a lack of leadership and direction with workers paying the price by losing their jobs.

“Just last week, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) delivered the terrible news that 8,700 full time jobs in manufacturing had been lost in Melbourne in the past twelve months,” he said.

“These job losses will add to that tally. The PMI (Performance of Manufacturing Index) for March 2012 confirms that the sector is contracting, so unfortunately it does not seem that this will be the end of job losses in the sector.

“The Baillieu Government needs to front up to the task it faces instead of sitting back and doing nothing. It is time for decisive action to save manufacturing jobs in Victoria,” he said. Mr Somyurek said that he was dismayed that the Baillieu Government had no plans in place to secure the future of the car industry including car component manufacturers.

“This Government is content to piggy-back on Federal Government initiatives to support the industry but is loath to show leadership or provide guidance. This ‘hand-off’ approach is just not working.

“It appears that the Baillieu Governmen fails to appreciate that 60% of Australia’s car industry is based here in Victoria. The sector supports thousands of families through employment the Baillieu Government should be doing more to save their jobs,” he said.

“When a local manufacturer, without any government support, creates jobs in the sector the Minister is very keen to take the spotlight. Yet when a company goes under and Victorian families are suffering, he is nowhere to be seen. It is just not good enough.”

Mr Somyurek said the environment was difficult for Victorian manufacturers who are basically operating in a policy vacuum.

“The Baillieu Government has scrapped all 32 support programs and put nothing in their place. It has also scrapped local content targets for State Government projects. “This has created a crisis of confidence in Victorian manufacturing and the result is that the sector is suffering.

“It is time for the Baillieu Government to get serious about protecting Victorian jobs and to formulate a tangible jobs plan and clear policies to give some certainty to local manufacturers, and to the thousands of Victorians who rely on manufacturing for their livelihoods,” he said.

 

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