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Victorian based manufacturer Melba Textiles was today placed into liquidation owing workers approximately $9 million in entitlements.
170 workers based in Geelong and Thomastown will lose their jobs within the next month along with all their accrued entitlements and redundancy packages.
National Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, Michele O’Neil, called today for an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.
“We want more than words of sympathy. The Government has received the report it commissioned into the future of the TCF Industry in August of 2008.
Since that time we have seen a dramatic worsening of the economy and unemployment rate and what have we seen from the Federal Government is no response for 9 months. Clearly the Government is favouring big multi-national businesses in the Automotive Industry and ignoring 7,000 small and medium businesses in the TCF Industry.”
The union called on the Government to introduce a new TCF Industry Plan and protect 100% of workers’ entitlements as a matter of urgency.
Ms O’Neil went on to say, “We want to meet with the Prime Minister to get this plan in place before more workers face this terrible situation with both loss of jobs and entitlements.”
Media contact: Ms Michele O’Neil, TCFUA National Secretary 0419 338 853