Ford stands down 1,250 workers

A strike at Victorian car parts supplier ‘Venture’ (who supply a range of plastic form moulded parts including dash boards, bumpers, consoles and door trims) has resulted in 1,250 workers being temporarily stood-down without pay at Ford’s Broadmeadows and Geelong plants.
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This flow-on effect is yet another blow to already suffering blue oval workers, who were advised in July this year of the discontinuation in production of the iconic straight six. But Ford Australia has been quick to defend their position saying, “This is temporary action only, and their (employees) jobs at Ford are not at risk”.

AMWU (Australian Manufacturing Workers Union) National Secretary, Ian Jones, said of Venture’s strike action that, “The 500 employees will strike indefinitely until such time as they receive the $25.5 million in commitments of which they are owed”.

Venture management have refused to pass comment on the situation, instead advising they have agreed to talks with the AMWU today. Car Advice will endeavour to post any developments as they arise.