Holden, GM’s Australian arm, and labor unions have been at the table negotiating ways on how to save $15 million AUD annually at the Elizabeth plant. But in a surprising turn of events, employees won’t have to suffer a wage cut, despite 400 of them being laid off recently.
What it’s come down to, according to Carsguide, is that “Holden has ‘backed down’ on capping any future redundancy payouts to 12 years of service. The average length of service of the Holden workforce after last week’s 400 redundancies is 16.3 years.”
Redundancy is Aussie speak for a layoff, and workers will also be skipping out on a three percent wage increase that was planned by November, and other pay raises planned for the next three years. Nothing is yet finalized, however, as workers will vote August 9th on the proposal.