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Ford workers lose jobs

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Another 230 Ford workers will be clocking out for the last time as part of the car maker’s planned exit from manufacturing in Australia, a union says.

The workers will have their final shift at Ford’s Victorian plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows on Friday, according to the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU).

“Despite reducing the impact of its decision to lower vehicle production through a voluntary redundancy program and redeployment to other non-manufacturing areas, 230 workers are being shown the door against their will,” AMWU National Vehicles Division Secretary Dave Smith said.

“While the 230 Ford workers will be clocking off for the last time today, the impact will be felt right across the component and service supply sectors.”

Mr Smith said it was a “tragic milestone” in the shuttering of Australia’s automotive industry.

A Ford spokesman said the job cuts were announced when the company detailed its plan to cease automotive manufacturing in Australia, from late 2016.

Around 300 workers were being “separated” – including 50 voluntary redundancies – in this round.

“Those separations began in May and will continue through to the end of the year,” Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood told AAP.

“As we have said all along, we expected the majority to be compulsory separations.”

After this round of job cuts, 450 workers will remain at Ford’s Broadmeadows facility and another 350 at Geelong, he said.

Ford has contributed $10 million to a federal government industry fund, and jobs fairs at its plants were attended by 30 potential employers.