Holden to return to full production in November

Holden to return to full production in November

Things are all going well at Holden where it’s just been announced that employees will return to a full-strength shift pattern at its Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia from the 15 November 2010.

Holden Manufacturing Operations Executive Director Martyn Cray said Holden was pleased to confirm the end of the temporary single shift arrangement. “Our team was relieved to hear the news today. The last 18 months have been very tough for our industry, but bringing back a second shift and returning employees to full time work is an important step in rebuilding our manufacturing business,” he said.

“There is already a huge amount of work going on at the plant including equipment installation and the building of pilot vehicles for our new locally built Cruze. We are also gearing up for the new Series II Commodore which will be launched in the coming months.”

Holden introduced the single shift in April last year to protect jobs during the global financial crisis which saw a reduction in demand for Holden export volume by around 50,000 units. Under the reduced shift pattern employees would alternate work — ranging from one week on, one week off, to one week off in twelve.

“We also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution, flexibility and commitment to Holden during this challenging time. Support from everyone, including
the Unions, our suppliers and the Federal and South Australian Governments has allowed us to rebuild the business and be sustainable for the long term,” Mr Cray said.

The second shift will return all employees who remain on alternating working patterns back to full time employment in November. Holden also anticipates hiring a small number of employees to support the second shift in the short term with the potential to increase employment further when demand significantly increases in the longer term.

To read a Car and SUV review of the Holden Cruze, click here.

Things are all going well at Holden where it’s just been announced that employees will return to a full-strength shift pattern at its Vehicle Operations in Elizabeth, South Australia from the 15 November 2010.

Holden Manufacturing Operations Executive Director Martyn Cray said Holden was pleased to confirm the end of the temporary single shift arrangement. “Our team was relieved to hear the news today. The last 18 months have been very tough for our industry, but bringing back a second shift and returning employees to full time work is an important step in rebuilding our manufacturing business,” he said.

“There is already a huge amount of work going on at the plant including equipment installation and the building of pilot vehicles for our new locally built Cruze. We are also gearing up for the new Series II Commodore which will be launched in the coming months.”

Holden introduced the single shift in April last year to protect jobs during the global financial crisis which saw a reduction in demand for Holden export volume by around 50,000 units. Under the reduced shift pattern employees would alternate work — ranging from one week on, one week off, to one week off in twelve.

“We also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contribution, flexibility and commitment to Holden during this challenging time. Support from everyone, including
the Unions, our suppliers and the Federal and South Australian Governments has allowed us to rebuild the business and be sustainable for the long term,” Mr Cray said.

The second shift will return all employees who remain on alternating working patterns back to full time employment in November. Holden also anticipates hiring a small number of employees to support the second shift in the short term with the potential to increase employment further when demand significantly increases in the longer term.

To read a Car and SUV review of the Holden Cruze, click here.

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