Union calls for greater support for regional jobs
Target has advised the Australian Services Union that 216 jobs will be lost from the Target head office in North Geelong, in another devastating blow to the Geelong community.
The ASU, which represents staff at the site, said the news would be deeply felt by the 1200 Target Office employees, some of whom saw family and friends hit by the Ford announcement just weeks ago.
The Union has vowed to support members through the process, and to ensure that Target complies with the redundancy requirements in the collective agreement.
"This news will affect every one of our members at Target, not just those who lose their jobs. Staff here are strong, united members who have always looked out for each other. We know the whole Victorian community will feel for these workers today."
The Union has also called on the state government to take the lead on job creation in regional centres like Geelong.
"We need a plan for job creation in Geelong that includes the service sector. The state government must take a leadership role in carving out the jobs and industries of the future."
"The highly skilled staff losing their jobs today from Target deserve nothing less."
ASU Branch Secretary Ingrid Stitt will hold a media conference today at Target Geelong:
Target Geelong Head Office
12-14 Thompson Rd North Geelong
Branch Secretary, ASU Victorian Private Sector
m| 0418 357 440
Media and Communications Officer, ASU Victorian Private Sector
ph| 9320 6702
m| 0409 017 140