Australia's car factories are closing. What will the workers do next?
By the end of this year, not a single new car will be made in Australia. Toyota is closing its factory in Melbourne and General Motors will shut down its Holden plant in Adelaide. Ford closed its two factories in Australia last year. Many car manufacturing jobs in the region are moving to Thailand, where labour costs are far cheaper. At the same time, foreign-made cars have flooded the Australian market. For the thousands of staff employed by the automotive industry, the question is what to do next, as Vivienne Nunis reports.
Picture: Staff working on the production line at Toyota's Melbourne plant. Credit: Toyota Australia