Ford Australia will work with governments to see how it can contribute to a transition package for workers who lose their jobs in 2016, the company’s president and chief executive Bob Graziano says.
But Mr Graziano would not say how much Ford might contribute to the multimillion dollar government package.
‘I want to get with the governments to understand what they are proposing and then we will come back and work with them on it,’ he told the Nine Network on Friday.
‘I want to understand what they’re doing so that we can understand what we can then do to contribute to that as well.’
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Thursday the government would provide an additional $10 million to the Automotive New Markets Program to support businesses and workers in the automotive supply chain.
The Victorian government will make a $2 million contribution to support the state’s component suppliers.
At the same time, there will be almost $40 million added to structural adjustment programs to support the economic development and diversification of the Geelong and northern Melbourne regions.
The federal government will contribute $30 million and the Victorian government $9 million.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said Ford should help the transition of workers who have lost their jobs.
‘The most important thing we now want to pursue with Ford is whether Ford will provide financial assistance with the federal and state governments for the transition to create new jobs in Geelong and in Broadmeadows,’ he told the Nine Network.
Dr Napthine said he would visit Geelong on Friday to meet union and community leaders.
He will then visit Broadmeadows early next week, after cancelling his original plan to visit on Thursday when told workers would be finishing work early on that day.