The End of Auto Production in Australia
By Marcus Day, 18 February 2020
GM continues to shrink its footprint and attack autoworkers’ jobs globally, as it faces declining sales and ferocious competition to dominate emerging technologies.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2017
The shutdowns are the end product of a decades-long restructuring of car manufacturing, spearheaded by Labor and the trade unions.
By our reporter, 21 November 2015
“The only people who will win out from this closure are the company and the unions.”
By our correspondents, 12 October 2015
Autoworkers in Australia face the shutdown of the country's entire auto industry.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 10 October 2015
The closure of the car plants is not inevitable, but it can only be fought on the basis of a new political perspective and new forms of organisation.
By Will Morrow, 6 December 2014
The trade unions have been the key accomplices of the companies, along with state and federal governments, in organising the shutdown of the auto industry.
By Patrick Kelly, 15 November 2014
Several working class areas in Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, now have depression-level unemployment rates.
By Will Marshall, 12 April 2014
Far from being a fight to defend jobs, the rally was aimed at promoting the Labor Party and unions, which bear full responsibility for the devastation of cities like Geelong.
By Will Morrow, 8 March 2014
The threat of an imminent plant closure will be used to intimidate workers into accepting deeper attacks on wages and conditions.
Socialist Equality Party public meeting in Melbourne
6 March 2014
Working class suburbs in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide face being deindustrialised and impoverished like American cities such as Detroit.
By our reporters, 22 February 2014
SEP campaigners met with a warm response from Toyota workers, many of whom bitterly denounced the union for its partnership with the company.
By James Cogan, 18 February 2014
At least 44,000 car component jobs are under threat.
By James Cogan, 13 February 2014
The situation facing car workers in Australia is a devastating historical verdict on all national programs and the profit system itself.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 February 2014
The previous Labor government presided over the axing of more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 2007 and 2013, including in the car industry.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 February 2014
Unless the working class takes up a fight in defence of jobs against the closures, the entire auto industry in Australia will be wiped out.
By Patrick O’Connor, 4 February 2014
Decisive layers within the ruling elite have concluded that most of the industry is “globally uncompetitive” and should be allowed to collapse.
By Will Morrow, 30 January 2014
The government is presenting its insistence that workers vote on Toyota’s cost-cutting demands under the fraudulent guise of giving them the “right” to choose.