Hundreds of workers shed across the country

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Hundreds of workers shed across the country

Ford and Cadbury are among the companies that have announced this week they will be cutting their Australian workforces due to falling sales and restructures.

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Ford and Cadbury are among the companies that have announced this week they will be cutting their Australian workforces due to falling sales and restructures.

Ford Australia has confirmed it will slash up to 15% of its manufacturing workforce, with hundreds of jobs being lost at its Geelong and Broadmeadows plants.

A company spokesperson said the move was in response to falling demand for its six-cyclinder cars as buyers shy away from big petrol guzzling vehicles.

The losses are estimated to reach between 300 and 350 and will commence from mid-November. Six hundred jobs losses have already been announced for 2010 when the company shuts its Geelong engine plant.

Cadbury restructures, cuts workforce

Cadbury has announced a major restructure which will result in 330 job cuts in its Australasian workforce by 2010.

The majority (160) will be at its main Tasmanian factory, which is being turned into a specialised facility that will only make moulded block chocolate.

Approximately 30 jobs will go in Victoria’s Ringwood plant, with the remaining in New Zealand.

It is expected the job losses will begin early next year.

Metal price sparks losses

Broken Hill’s major lead and zinc mine will be shedding hundreds of workers over the coming months.

Operator Perilya has blamed lower metal prices on the forced restructuring of the company’s sites.

It says 435 workers will lose their jobs, but has promised they will get their full entitlements.

Boat downturn

Australia’s largest luxury boat builder has laid off 121 staff this week.

The Gold Coast business denies it is in financial ‘dire straits’, despite retrenching the staff at is Gold Coast headquarters because of a global economic downturn.

Riviera has also retrenched more than 200 staff in recent months.

CEO John Anderson said there was ‘no easy alternative’ to the decision, in light of a drop in demand for luxury boats. He said all workers had received their full entitlements and career relocations advice.

Sacked via email

Roy Morgan Research is also among the companies trimming its workforce, notifying 56 call centre workers in Melbourne they had lost their jobs.

The staff were emailed that due to a shortage of work and poor performance their employment had ended ‘effective immediately’.

The staff were all casual and have no redundancy entitlements.

Other recent job losses

The cuts are among a string of announcements in recent months, including 1500 job losses at Qantas, and Starbucks closing down three-quarters of stores across Australia.

Smallgoods maker Don KRC has also announced it will sack 640 workers in Victoria and Western Australia by 2010.

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