Union 'damage control' over Ford job cuts

Ford Falcon Ecoboost - a two-litre version of the big Aussie sedan that was aimed at attracting economy-conscious large car buyers. Photo / Suppled
Ford Falcon Ecoboost - a two-litre version of the big Aussie sedan that was aimed at attracting economy-conscious large car buyers. Photo / Suppled

Australian unions are in damage control over Ford's proposed job cuts, with more meetings scheduled with the car company on Friday.

Ford announced this week that it will axe 440 jobs at its Broadmeadows and Geelong plants by November, due to a slump in large car sales.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) officials met with Ford management on yesterday to ask if numbers could be reduced and to discuss details of the redundancy process, AMWU assistant state secretary Leigh Diehm says.

Diehm said he was concerned the quota for voluntary redundancies would not be met.

"Our concern is that there aren't going to be enough volunteers," said Diehm.

The union also asked for retraining and the transfer of affected workers.

Ford has not commented on the negotiations with unions, citing confidentiality arrangements.

Meetings will continue on Friday, local time.

- AAP

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