The Guardian 14 March, 2007

Entitlements, jobs at risk at ACL

The Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) is fighting to secure the entitlements of workers at auto parts company ACL Bearing in Launceston.

The company has already announced redundancies for 90 workers over the next six months, but there are fears more could be out of work soon.

AMWU National Secretary elect, Dave Oliver, said the company was seeking a wage freeze and had indicated that an extra 20 redundancies were likely if this did not happen.

"We are very concerned about the financial viability of this company and workers’ redundancy entitlements and we are meeting the company this week to gain assurances that everyone who is made redundant gets their full entitlement," said Oliver.

Oliver also condemned the Federal Government for refusing to assist the company and for neglecting industry policy for the manufacturing sector.

"The company sought assistance from Federal Industry Minister, Ian MacFarlane, who basically told them there was nothing he could do for them. This is a clear example of the Coalition Government turning their backs on the manufacturing industry once again."

"The flow-on effect of these 90 redundancies will probably quadruple the actual losses to the Launceston community."

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