Update: Mitsubishi confirms plant closure.
It’s official, Mitsubishi Motors Australia has pulled up stumps and will close its Adelaide Tonsley Park assembly plant by the end of March.
Around 2000 workers could soon be out of a job as a result. Mitsubishi workers will have their redundancy and leave entitlements paid in full.
There is a possibility the South Australian government will sue Mitsubishi to reclaim the millions awarded in recent grants.
A few hours ago Mitsubishi Australia president Rob McEniry told workers at the Tonsley Park plant of the decision from Japan.
Workers at the Adelaide plant will have the rest of the week off on full pay, returning to work on Monday.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) state secretary John Camillo said Rob McEniry spoke to the workers, “it was very emotional,” he said.
“He indicated that one hour ago Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Japan made the announcement to close the Tonsley Park operation.”