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[Update] Holden to close; thousands of jobs impacted - What can HR learn?

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HC Online | 12 Dec 2013, 01:00 PM Agree 0
The announcement we were all expecting: Holden will cease production, affecting thousands of Australians. But what is the company doing about its employees?
  • Lisa | 11 Dec 2013, 05:08 PM Agree 0
    This decision has a wider impact for communities and businesses in Australia. We are also potentially losing a skills base from the Australian economy which will have other flow on impacts as well. Understand the business rationale, but disappointed that we are not hearing more about other potential solutions considered.
  • Margaret Joan Sinclair | 11 Dec 2013, 05:11 PM Agree 0
    I hope for the affected families they are using UpSonar for their offboarding as they are the only firm who have a business model around getting staff there next JOB !
  • bernhard racz | 11 Dec 2013, 05:25 PM Agree 0
    There were more important Australian businesses than Holden that have died already such as the Australian Wheat Board, and the thousands of farmers. They were the ones that needed the billion$ in handouts, not this over - rated car company.Good riddance.
  • Angela Brown | 11 Dec 2013, 05:28 PM Agree 0
    Here we go again, another manufacturer is closing shop, middle class Australians is becoming poorer and Australia will become the next third world country where the rich get richer and the poor will be poorer . I would like to say thank you to all the corrupt politician in this country .
  • Chris | 11 Dec 2013, 11:43 PM Agree 0
    blame it on the unions - pushing Aus salaries to unsustainable levels.
  • Tara | 12 Dec 2013, 11:18 AM Agree 0
    I agree with Chris however the powerful unions who drive up wages to unsustainable levels is just one part of problem. Low Productivity also drives up costs and makes Australian made products uncompetitive. To increase productivity we need to innovate and operate all areas of business efficiently. Inefficiency, no innovation, bad cars, weak branding (or in short bad management) & disruptive unions & unconditional government funds were the death of Holden.
  • Tom Cini | 12 Dec 2013, 11:27 AM Agree 0
    No company in Australia can compete on an equal footing without tariffs.In the 50's &60's Money collected from tariffs imposed went into government revenue & meant less tax paid by the taxpayer. We didn't have the ridiculous situation, like now,of the taxpayer subsidising companies to stay in australia.Tariffs also meant that if a company tried to get out of paying their fair share of tax, they still paid tax via tariffs. Bring Back Tariffs.
  • Louise G | 12 Dec 2013, 02:59 PM Agree 0
    There are many economic and business factors with ceasing production in Australia but it is funny how so many people just don't get supply and demand. The consumers are the ones in the end who demand quality products for minimum cost and guess what, Holden obviously can't produce what we want at a price we are willing to pay. It is unfortunate that so many employees will be affected from this but in the end no-one can say that they never saw it happening. Our access to international markets have made us all more savvy consumers and this will see the demise of many businesses struggling to compete on the world stage.
  • Stephanie | 13 Dec 2013, 01:57 AM Agree 0
    As mentioned by Bill Shorten MP today, an average salary of $48K is hardly high in today's terms. In fact it is lower than an average Adminisrtation wage. I wish peopl would stop blaming the unions who actually do the job of protecting workers rights and fairness in the workplace. Regardless of transition, history has shown that 1/3 of workers will be long term unemployed from this shut down. So much for Abbott's theory of creating new jobs.
  • Steve | 16 Dec 2013, 02:10 PM Agree 0
    Society is quick to point the finger at the lack of government funding and the unions driving wages higher for the demise of Holden. However, relying on government funding to keep the organisation running isn't a reliable and long term business model. Every organisation has market pressures and the organisations that can adapt to the changing market conditions will remain successful. Using the government, unions and australian dollar as an excuse is a blatant cop out by GM and highlights the majority of organisations are all about profit, and not looking after the people that make the organisations great.
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