2014-01-24 15: 43: 40
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(From this newspaper) Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane recently pointed out that Toyota Motor of Japan (Toyota) is very likely to stop manufacturing cars in Australia unless the Australian Federal Government reforms related policies such as incentive policies and employment agreements.
The federal government and the Victorian government have held talks this week to discuss reform plans to rescue Australian automakers and the parts sector. McFarlane said that the two sides have not yet reached an agreement on a specific plan, but it is very necessary for the government to reform the uncompetitive employment agreement between the auto manufacturing industry and the parts industry.
"The fact is that unless we can reduce the cost of manufacturing cars in Australia, the jobs of Toyota employees will not be guaranteed for a long time." However, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) is currently "battle" with Toyota. It is hoped to save 1700 million yuan in labor costs by cutting employee salaries and working conditions, but this move is facing tremendous pressure from employees and labor unions. Toyota is currently filing a lawsuit in an attempt to dismiss the Federal Court’s decision to prevent it from adopting a different work agreement. Toyota, headquartered in Japan, will make a final decision on the Australian manufacturing plant later this year.
Finance Minister Joe Hockey has previously stated clearly that he does not intend to increase government subsidies to automakers. He said: "We must make a fair decision. Australian companies cannot always rely on government funding and taxpayer support to make profits."
McFarlane said that unless changes are made, Toyota will not be able to compete with other international car exporters. He said: "So what I want to say to Toyota employees is that you should work closely with the union and Toyota management, consider the current situation (Toyota) very carefully, and consider the reform measures Toyota is currently trying to take to get the most Good employment conditions. If these reforms are not implemented in the end, then Toyota will very likely not be able to compete with its peers, and eventually Australia’s last automaker will close its doors.”
However, Paul Difelice from the Automotive Department of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said that the divestiture of incentive conditions will still not save Toyota.
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