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Toyota To Cut 100 Jobs From Melbourne Plant : News

TOYOTA has announced up to 100 voluntary redundancies from its Altona manufacturing plant in response to a drop in export orders, warning it is unsustainable to keep the manufacturing workforce at its current size. - See more at:

President and Chief executive Max Yasuda said the decision was difficult but necessary for the company to maintain its global competitiveness.

"Our employees are our greatest asset, so it is with extreme sadness that we have to adjust our workforce," Mr Yasuda said in a statement.

"As a manufacturer we are subject to fluctuating orders from our domestic and export markets, so we need to have the flexibility to respond to changes in conditions.

"We will now be working closely with all of our employees to ensure they understand why we have made this decision and support them during this difficult period."

The Altona manufacturing plant in West Melbourne employs approximately 2500 workers. Those taking up the redundancies will need to leave their jobs by Friday November 29.

Mr Yasuda said expressions of interest for the voluntary redundancies were open to all permanent manufacturing employees. The exact number of redundancies would be determined by the number of applications received.

Approximately 70 per cent of Toyota Australia's total production is driven by exports, with the company expected to make about 104,000 Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion sedans this year.

In the statement, Toyota Australia said the "workplace adjustment" would align a decrease in production volume with demand as the number of cars built per day falls from 470 to 431 vehicles.

Mr Yasuda said the company was aiming to reduce the cost of locally built vehicles by $3800 to try and ensure a manufacturing future in Australia.

There will be no compulsory redundancies.

Acting Shadow Industry Minister Kim Carr told The Australian it was ''disappointing'' the 100 voluntary redundancies were being announced.

''It highlights the enormous cost pressures manufacturers are under,'' he said.

He said the announcement was a wake-up call for the government to get on with the task of developing a long term industry plan.

''This is not something that can dawdle over. The fact is that urgent action is required.''

While the Coalition has plans for a Productivity Commission review into the car industry, South Australian Labor Premier Jay Weatherill has warned it will recommend an end to taxpayer assistance.

Last week Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane held talks with Toyota and Ford in Melbourne to discuss the Coalition's plans for assistance.

Speaking at Toyota's Altona plant, Mr Macfarlane said he was ''committed to the car industry'' and reaffirmed the government's decision to wait for the commission's review into the sector before finalising a position on auto industry support.

However, the Coalition will not reverse a decision to cut $500 million in taxpayer assistance.

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