16 Nov 2012

More job cuts at Ford Australia

8:05 pm on 16 November 2012

More car plant workers at Ford in Victoria, Australia, are to lose their jobs.

About 120 previously volunteered for redundancy but the company says it must cut a further 212 jobs in Geelong and Broadmeadows because of a slump in sales.

Ford told ABC Radio the company is making about 65,000 fewer cars than it did in 2004.

AAP reports the company received an assistance package worth $A103 million from the state and federal governments and its parent company in the United States in January this year.

Both plants were shut on Friday as individual meetings were held with employees to let them know who would be going home without a job.

Mayor Keith Fagg says Geelong was changing from a manufacturing-based economy to one focused on service and innovation.

"There will be a need to retrain these people if they want to go into other areas," he says.

"We don't want to lose the capacity to build things and make things in Geelong, that's been our heritage."

AAP reports Mr Fagg says Ford had handled the situation with as much care as possible.