Posted on 06. Dec, 2012 in News

The number of jobs lost in the Geelong region has increased following the announcement today that cement plant Boral was laying off 90 workers, Shadow Minster for Manufacturing Tim Pallas said today.

Mr Pallas said Geelong was at risk of becoming a rust-bucket with companies shedding jobs and the Baillieu Government sitting on its hands.

“Boral is the latest in a long line of employers who have cut jobs in the sluggish economic climate in Victoria,” Mr Pallas said.

“Shell, Ford and Qantas have cuts jobs in the region and figures released today show that for the August quarter, 5100 jobs were lost in the Barwon-Western District – 3100 of those were full-time jobs.”

“Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that over the last six months Victoria has lost more jobs than any other state or territory. In November 13,700 jobs were lost in November and 10,600 of them were full-time jobs.”

Mr Pallas said that unlike the do-nothing Coalition, the Victorian Labor Opposition had developed a plan to return Victoria to an economic powerhouse by creating jobs for Victorian families, investing in skills and training and providing an infrastructure.

The plan provided 67 practical and affordable initiatives that will secure Victoria’s economic future and undo the damage of the Baillieu Government’s failure to act.
“On Ted Baillieu’s watch thousands of Victorian workers have lost their jobs, businesses have closed-up shop and confidence has collapsed,” Mr Pallas said.

“Instead of taking immediate action to kickstart the local economy Ted Baillieu has been asleep for two years and any plans he has offered are decades away from making a real difference here and now.”

“Labor will invest in the skills of Victorians and in infrastructure – create a competitive environment for business, attract investment to our state, grow our exports and prepare Victorian businesses for the digital economy and support and grow regional economies.”

A copy of the jobs plan can be found at:

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