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‘Agonising’: Holden’s demise in Australia puts dealer staff in limbo

Courier Mail 2020-02-17 18:05:00

The future of hundreds of jobs across Holden’s dealer network remains unclear after parent company General Motors’ decision to close down the brand by the end of the year.

GM and Holden have pledged to work closely with all their workers offering generous redundancy packages to about 600 staff across Australia and New Zealand.

Most will be gone by June.

GM has also committed to provide compensation by the move.

“Australian taxpayers put millions into this into multinational company and they let the brand just wither away on their watch,” Mr Morrison said.

However, the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union said the government had failed to back the vehicle manufacturing industry.

“This conservative government ... have consistently refused to support Australian manufacturing and we are seeing the result of that, with over 600 jobs being lost at Holden,” union representative Donherra Walmsley said.

The decision to close comes amid plunging domestic sales with demand for Holden vehicles down by almost 29 per cent to just 43,176 in 2019, in a total market down just eight per cent.

Originally published as ‘Agonising’: 600 Holden staff in limbo

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