|Issue No 83||09 February 2001|
No Guarantees on Orange Jobs
Incoming Electrolux management have committed to maintaining a presence in Orange when it takes over the Email whitegoods manufacture, without making specific guarantees on job levels.
Management of the Orange plant last week met with representatives of the NSW Labor Council, Australian Workers Union and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union to address concerns about the future of 1100 jobs in the state's central-west.
While management was unable to give any specific commitments until the sale was finalised, they did say they believed Electrolux intended to maintain its Orange operations.
And they agreed to meet with the workers and their representatives in Orange immediately after the sale to Electrolux is completed. The sale is expected to be completed imminently.
Those undertakings have been backed by a letter to the Labor Council, Email management has flagged that 'imporvements in production processes" will be necessary.
AWU state president Mick Madden says that until the company guarantees it will invest in the plant to bring the facility up to world class competitiveness, no job would be safe.
"Our fear is that Electrolux is going to use our members' job as bargaining chips with the State Government to get the taxpayer to subsidise for this upgrade," he says.
NSW Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says unions need to work with the community to support the Orange workers and keep pressure on the new owners to maintain the integrity of great Australian labels like Westinghouse and Kelvinator.
"This is a company that has received support from the taxpayers for many years and the new owners need to realize the value of the goodwill towards the labels they have purchased," Costa says.
"If Electrolux wants to derive the benefit of being a corporate player in Australia, it needs to show its commitment to the people of Orange."
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