The sad dismantling of General Motors’ Holden manufacturing operations continues with another 400 engineers expected to lose their jobs before Christmas. While the news isn’t particularly shocking, cutting jobs prior to the holiday season is discouraging.
With Holden’s manufacturing closure of 2017 approaching, the union representing the engineering workers confirmed on a Drive’s story that these 400 jobs will be eliminated. Another 200 are also expected to be eliminated before the end of next year.
These engineers are currently working on revamping the VF Commodore, a strong seller since it was launched mid-2013 and giving the Holden Cruze one more update. Once these products are done, the engineers will be laid off.
Ultimately, the union representing the workers says that when Holden reverts to an “import-only” status, the company will retain only around 100 engineers. These engineers will used in their global design center.
The saddest part of this story is the state of the Australian automotive industry. The ex-Holden engineers face a job market where their specialized talents don’t apply. Many of these engineers will have to look overseas for similar work and probably will have to uproot their families to do so.
For its part Holden says it is doing everything it can to make it a smooth transition.