Posted on 15. Jun, 2012 in News

Thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in Melbourne’s south east region as the Baillieu Government continues to refuse to deliver a plan to create jobs and drive investment, Shadow Minister for Manufacturing Adem Somyurek said today.

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that in the past year almost a quarter of manufacturing jobs in the south east region have been lost, which includes Greater Dandenong, Cardinia and Casey.

Of the 10,700 manufacturing jobs lost in the south east, over 85 per cent were full-time jobs.

In the May quarter alone, 3700 manufacturing jobs were lost in the region.

“The Baillieu Government either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care that thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost in the south east suburbs,” Mr Somyurek said.

“These continuing job losses are causing a crisis of confidence in Dandenong and other manufacturing hubs in the area.

“The Minister for Manufacturing, Richard Dalla-Riva, appears to be incapable of taking the decisive action needed to restore confidence to the sector.

“This region has a proud tradition of manufacturing yet the Baillieu Government is content to sit back, watch and do nothing as jobs continue to disappear.

“Behind every one of those jobs losses is a family under pressure, now struggling to make ends meet and unsure of what the future holds.

“It is time the Government started working to help retain manufacturing jobs and keep Victorian families in work.”   Mr Somyurek said the crisis of confidence in manufacturing in the region was exacerbated by the decision of the Baillieu Government to scrap local content targets for government projects and to axe all 32 manufacturing support programs.

“Manufacturers are desperate for tangible support programs and policies that will give them confidence to invest in Victoria. So far from this Government, manufacturers have got nothing and the results are clear – the sector is bleeding jobs.

“The Premier and the Minister have failed to come to grips with the issues facing the manufacturing sector. As a consequence, businesses are suffering and workers are losing their full-time jobs.

“The Baillieu Government needs to deliver a jobs plan before it is too late for the thousands of Victorians working in the manufacturing sector.”


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