After announcing 270 staff would be let go permanently from the Elizabeth manufacturing facility, Holden has forced 90 employees into redundancy after the company failed to attract enough volunteers to fill the job-cut quota, according to News AU.
Ten staff, including engineers, supervisors and support, have already been told they won’t be returning to work, while an additional 80 await their fate next Thursday. This follows the announcement of the plant scaling back its operations from 290 cars produced per day, to 240.
Employees who are laid off will receive a $2,000 stipend to help with new job training and to search for a new job.
Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt was unable to confirm numbers, but said in a statement the company was “committed to supporting staff through this transition process”.
“As we go through this difficult process our priority is to make sure our employees are informed first and foremost,” he said. “All our people have access to career counseling, training and job-search assistance, and will continue to have access to this after they leave Holden.”
This news heightens fears of an earlier than expected shut down of Holden manufacturing, which is scheduled to close its doors in late 2017. But Holden officials stand by their word saying the wind down will continue as such.