Holden will prove to be shutdown we had to have

In The Australian today:

“As usual, the Speedy Gonzales prize following last week’s Holden announcement went to the premiers of the affected states, who sprinted to Canberra clutching their begging bowls. “

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas is a columnist for The Australian newspaper and the inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. The SMART Infrastructure Facility is a $61.8 million world-class research and training centre concerned with integrated infrastructure solutions for the future. Henry is also Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia. Prior to these concurrent roles Henry worked as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Henry's previous career was as an economist at the OECD in Paris, where amongst other roles he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment and was Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department.
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21 Responses to Holden will prove to be shutdown we had to have

  1. Up The Workers!

    Holden have already got a team in China, studying how to produce the 2017 “Holden Owner’s Manual” in pidgin Chinese-English.

    “I’ll have three steamed dim sims, three fried dim sims and a Holden, thanks – and don’t forget the soy sauce!”.

  2. Combine_Dave

    All of those workers receiving 300-400k payouts will clearly need additional assistance.

  3. Samuel J

    Excellent article Henry. The incentives for workers to stay to the end are amazing. Talk about digging a hole.

  4. Andrew of Randwick

    Why is the Federal Government in a rush to announce/finalise ‘adjustment packages’?
    Why not wait and plan for a year or two? Or at the bare minimum wait the for the Budget next year to announce?

  5. Mark

    …and then!

    Dude! Where’s my car industry?

    The stranglehold of unions in key workplaces has to stop. Sure, unions have a new task. No longer the collective but the individual. Can this dinosaur adapt? I think not!

  6. entropy

    So once they go we can get rid of the Australian Design rules and other non tariff barriers to importing cars?
    The mission of the Feds should now be all about reducing the cost of cars. The question is do we go as far as changing to driving on the RHS of the road?

  7. Mr Excitement

    Tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost in manufacturing across the Australian economy, but I don’t see a big song and dance being done about that. The car industry is simply reaping what it has sown.
    I feel no sympathy for anyone receiving hundreds of thousands in redundancy payouts.

  8. Token

    This morning on 2GB Chris Smith interviewed a representative of one of the world class truck engine manufactuctures.

    These businesses did not receive substantial subsidies like the car industry and they are booming. Link to come.

  9. Token

    one of the Australian based world class truck engine manufactuctures.

  10. boy on a bike

    Just think – if only the government of the day had lavished subsidies on Leyland year after year, they might still be producing cars in Australia.

  11. Abraham

    Is the Government going to ‘assist’ and ‘support’ every Australian who, due to the complete lack of economic savvy of their respective Unions, find themselves unemployed?

    Why the hell are the Unions not held to account for ‘negotiating’ their members out of a job?

  12. H B Bear

    I think you’ll find that Jay Weatherill’s begging bowl is actually their major policy position.

  13. Norma

    My favoutire bit from Henry today:
    “rarely have so few benefited for so long at the expense of so many”

  14. Tator

    H B Bear,
    Jay doesn’t have a begging bowl, he has a begging 44 gallon drum as his ALP govt has sent SA broke again.

  15. Empire Strikes Back

    Why the hell are the Unions not held to account for ‘negotiating’ their members out of a job?

    Why would a union be held to account? The blame clearly lies with TA666 and his band of merry wingnuts. In less than 100 days they managed to destroy the Australian vehicle manufacturing industry.

    Or at least, that’s what I’m told.

  16. Helen

    Would it be feasible and possible for some other auto industy to use the soon to be silent plants and assembly lines – with a workforce that is not unionised? Just wondering.

  17. Token

    Helen, a number of truck & other manufacturers picked up the abandoned Nissan equipment in the 90s. These companies used this equipment to start making world class product. You can bet such firms are probing to find out when the auctions of the equipment occur.

  18. egg_

    “rarely have so few benefited for so long at the expense of so many”

    Their ABC?
    You betcha.

  19. stackja

    #1112155, posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:06 am
    This morning on 2GB Chris Smith interviewed a representative of one of the world class truck engine manufactuctures.

    Yes I heard it too.

  20. Brian of Moorabbin

    Amusingly I was in town this morning picking up some tickets to the cricket (ref. my post in the OT) when I was passed by a group of some 15 or so ‘auto industry workers’ (looked more like AMWU office staff to me.. particularly the two young girls in teetering stillettos… if they’ve ever held a socketwrench in hand, I’ll bare my bum in Bourke Street) heading to today’s picket outside the Liberal party hQ here in Melbourne.

    All were attired in green T-shirts with some ‘support the Australian Auto industry – tell Abbott to subsidise Holden” slogan on front and back..

    I made the comment “Why didn’t I see you people doing the same kind of protest stunt in front of the ALP HQ in May this year when Ford announced it was leaving Australia while Shorten was Employment Minister” only to be told that, despite all news reports to the contrary, apparently Ford is not leaving the country because of all the money Gillard et all had given them, and (paraphrasing) “Shut up you capitalist lackey”.

    I. Shit. You. Not.

  21. Andrew of Randwick

    Compulsory redundancy will be above the Voluntary Separation Program (4 weeks notice, 3.5 weeks for every year of service, plus shift allows, plus, plus) – not bad if you can get it.

    From the Toyota EBA “No redundancies will directly result from Continuous Improvement activities as defined in this Agreement and any excess labour that may occur will be handled by transfers and/or natural attrition.”
    End of innovation = end of the line.
    PS. Brian just say next time: “It must be a great weight of your conscience that you are no longer going to be a burden on the hard working families of Australia.”

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