More sad news coming out of Australia as Holden has announced the time has come to let go another 270 workers from its Elizabeth plant in South Australia.
The report comes from News AU, and follows the dipping sales of the 2015 VF Holden Commodore and 2015 Holden Cruze. Commodore sales are down 17 percent while Cruze deliveries fell 5 percent. Making matters worse is the news the Australian auto market posted its strongest first three months on record. It doesn’t paint the brightest picture for the brand.
Staff numbers at the Elizabeth plant will fall from 1,530 to 1,260, a loss of 270 employees. Vehicle production will be scaled back as well with numbers falling from 290, to 240 vehicles. The shift will take place on May 25th, and be carried out until further notice. Holden has said it hasn’t ruled out more job losses this year either.
“We’re hoping the majority of the redundancies will be on a voluntary basis, that will be our first priority,” said Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt. “As difficult as this process is, the contraction of the manufacturing will happen on a sliding scale. One of our priorities is to not release everyone onto the job market at the same time.”
Holden says it has established counseling services, career seminars and computer courses for employees to take part in, in hopes of rebounding in the job market.
As much as this process hurts, we commend Holden executives for taking the right steps to ensure the transition from a manufacturing base to a national sales brand, goes as smoothly as possible.
Holden will officially shut its doors on manufacturing operations in late 2017.