According to a report from Sky News Australia, General Motors may be asked to consider selling Holden to a rival automaker if one can be tempted into taking over its South Australian manufacturing operations.
The South Australian government previously revealed it had already been approached by other international automakers interested in taking over Holden’s manufacturing facilities.
“It may be that a particular car manufacturer might want to set up here but use the equity that’s in the Holden brand to continue making cars,” South Austrailian Premier Jay Weatherill told reporters on Wednesday. “That’s obviously something that’s the property of General Motors at the moment and, presumably, they have an interest in keeping it because it has value for them.”
The state government will also inquire Holden about accepting the level of governmental assistance needed to provide its employees, as well as those in other companies, with paid leave and other types of financial support while they look for work in other industries.
“There is a very big exercise in sitting down with Holden and making sure that they accept their responsibilities to their own workforce,” Weatherill said. “Those responsibilities travel further than just simply paying a redundancy payment.”