Mitsubishi workers get generous payout offer

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Mitsubishi workers get generous payout offer

The redundant Mitsubishi workers at the Adelaide plant will get a lump sum of seven weeks pay, plus five-and-a-half weeks pay for every year of service.

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The redundant Mitsubishi workers at the Adelaide plant will get a lump sum of seven weeks pay, plus five-and-a-half weeks pay for every year of service.

The offer also includes all sick leave pay and other entitlements.

The company will close its Australian manufacturing operations next month, and employers are lining up to employ the workers because of the country’s chronic skills shortage. However, a number of workers with long service may opt for retirement.

‘A very good deal’

John Camillo, SA state secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says it is a very good deal.

‘Someone with 10 years’ service at Mitsubishi would probably receive an equivalent of roughly about one-and-a-half year’s wages,’ he said.

Workers will vote on the offer by secret ballot today.

Camillo said the hundreds of departing car workers will be tracked as they seek new work or other opportunities.

‘Our issue now is only starting,’ he said. ‘We want to track down every single worker who leaves Mitsubishi and we want to be able to ring them in a month’s time or two months’ time and ask them how they’re going, whether they’re retired, whether they are working somewhere,’ he said.

Strong demand for workers

The SA Government has already received calls from other firms and recruitment agencies looking for skilled staff.

The Salvation Army’s Employment Plus agency is fielding strong demand for Mitsubishi workers.

‘Mitsubishi workers are well respected because they’re renowned for being well trained, skilled and loyal employees,’ said the agency’s southern suburbs site manager Greg Pryor.

State Premier Mike Rann said he expected most Mitsubishi workers to be snapped up quickly by companies in a variety of sectors including the mining and defence industries.

Qld Govt to lure workers

The Queensland Government is planning a campaign to lure Mitsubishi workers north.

Premier Anna Bligh said Queensland Industry Minister Desley Boyle will meet with major employers across the State and devise an advertising package to attract SA auto workers.

She said Queensland government staff would also visit South Australia to talk to the workers about job prospects.


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