Toyota's Australian operations look shaky after Holden move

IN THE wake of Holden's decision to leave Australia in 2017, Toyota has warned that the nation's workplace practices could threaten its future on our shores.

A Federal Court decision on Thursday has stopped a workers' meeting over productivity measures for Toyota's southern workforce.

The decision was a disappointing one for the car company as management seeks to cut costs to ensure its survival in Australia.

And while the Abbott Government would not grant Holden more funds to keep operating, Employment Minister Eric Abetz has expressed his disappointment at the Toyota case decision.

He said the government wanted the Australian automotive industry to flourish, and the changes to workplace practices Toyota sought "would unlock its ability to improve competitiveness" and secure future work here.

"Becoming more productive is clearly beneficial for employees not only of Toyota but of the many companies that supply Toyota," Senator Abetz said.

He said recent comments from Toyota should set off "alarm bells" to union bosses who had rejected changes to "the same restrictive work practices that they forced on Ford and Holden".

"Toyota and its workers should not be hamstrung by unions that can't see beyond protecting outdated practices and their own interests," he said.

Senator Abetz said he was now seeking legal advice on the Court's decision, saying it was in the best interests of all parties to work together to help secure the future of the company in Australia.


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