Posted on 06. Mar, 2012 in Victoria

The loss of another 100 jobs across regional Victoria has again highlighted the need for the Baillieu Government to deliver a jobs plan, Shadow Minister for Employment Tim Pallas said today.

Mr Pallas said today’s announcements of 38 job losses at Mars Chocolates in Ballarat and 68 job losses at Goulburn Murray Co-operative milk drying operations in Rochester would hurt regional Victoria.   “These job losses are a massive blow to Ballarat and Rochester,” Mr Pallas said.

“This won’t just hurt workers but will impact on their families, the community and the local economies.

“I call on Premier Baillieu to outline what support his Government will provide to workers who will lose their job.

“It’s also time the Baillieu Government outlined what they will do to grow jobs in regional Victoria.

“It seems not a week goes by without more job losses announced in Victoria, yet the Baillieu Government seems content to do nothing.

“What the Baillieu Government needs to do is develop a plan that will attract investment and secure and create jobs for regional Victoria.

“The National Party should be asking Ted Baillieu what he’s doing to protect jobs in regional Victoria.

“Any claim by the Premier that the economy is his top priority means nothing if he doesn’t have a jobs plan.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force figures for January, 15,500 full-time jobs were lost in Victoria in just one month.

Mr Pallas said nothing was more important to Victorians than a job.

“Without a plan to grow the economy, there will be more and more people out of work,” he said.   “How many workers will need to lose their jobs before Mr Baillieu starts to care?”

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