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But Alcoa managing director Alan Cransberg stressed that the company announced a review of its operations two years ago.
1.48pm: SACKED Alcoa workers are telling their families they may have to leave Geelong.
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Dr Napthine said he would speak to the Prime Minister later today and continue to representations to the Coalition government to help the state economy diversify in the wake of Alcoa, Toyota and Ford announcing significant job losses.
manufacturing changes across Victoria we are of course concerned about maintaining our skill base and it is very important that we continue to support advanced manufacturing. Napthine said he grew up in Winchelesa, went to school in Geelong, and knew people who would directly be effected by the closure.
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I am very disappointed in Alcoa, she said.
lot of people have mortgages and kids, and families to look after. They going to struggle to replace what they got here. AWU Victorian branch secretary Ben Davis said the job cuts also run the risk of sending Geelong into a recession.
though we talked about it for a while, it is a big shock. It another nail in the coffin for Geelong, he said. He said workers in their 50s, like him, may never work again while younger workers will sell up and move.
Federal Liberal MP Sarah Henderson said she urged the company weeks ago to give workers time to be trained up for another job if it was going to close.
has been through some challenges and come through bigger, better, stronger. Napthine cited Lara and Armstrong Creek land developments, Waurn Ponds hospital, Waurn Ponds police station and the Princes Highway duplication, among other investments.
12.36pm: SOCIAL media users are sharing their support for retrenched Alcoa workers, tweeting a flood of sentiment for Point Henry employees.
know the Federal government has already established a taskforce looking at the Victorian economy (and) I look forward to that report being brought forward, he said.
He said workers are devastated as redundancy arrangements in the current workplace agreements didn consider a plant closure and the notice period is quite short.
think the workforce has been well involved in that decision as we made it, he said.
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Garry Holmyard, who has worked at the plant for 23 years, says he already called his wife and realises they may need to relocate for work.
Pressed on why Alcoa could not give workers one year notice, as Toyota did recently with its plant closure announcement, he conceded it was a financial decision.
The aluminium manufacturer announced on Tuesday it will close its Point Henry smelter, as well as rolling mills at Geelong and Yennora in NSW, affecting almost 1000 workers.
has to have an impact across the board. The multiplier effect will be massive, he said outside the plant.
AWU Victorian branch secretary Ben Davis says he will talk to the company about the short notice period.
no doubt that there a need in Victoria for increase investment from the Federal government to assist with key infrastructure projects. Napthine said he would work with the Geelong community, Alcoa and workers to create job opportunities in the region.
Workers are also dismayed that they are suddenly needing to find work within five and a half months.
in advanced modern manufacturing would suit workers who have been skilled at Ford or Alcoa, he said, citing the development of carbon fibre in Geelong.
Lyons also shared an image of himself and Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville comforting a staff member at the smelter this morning, with a message saying that he would be campaigning hard for the workers.
don want to leave, but if it happens, it happens, he said. a lot of people and families who have got kids. A lot of them are saying they going to have to sell up as soon as they knew this. colleague Kel Brewer said there will be a lot of people looking for work at the same time when there are no jobs in the region.
people need assistance urgently if they are going to be able to find employment at all, let alone employment in manufacturing, he said.
good enough. Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said workers needed immediate support considering the short notice being given.
2.01pm: VICTORIA needs more Federal government funding in the wake of recent manufacturing blows, Premier Denis Napthine has said.
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