Falling demand blamed for cuts at Ford

CAR company Ford will part with 330 workers despite making a deal with the Australian Government to boost manufacturing jobs.

Falling demand was blamed for the cuts, the majority of which will take place at Victoria's Broadmeadows factory, in a statement released by the company on Friday.

Workers were warned of cuts in July when the company announced it had slowed production from 209 cars to 148 cars per day.

About 440 jobs were expected to go but Ford confirmed the total number of redundancies offered would be 330.

In January this year the Federal Government put up $34 million in a joint venture with Ford which as expected to create up to 300 more jobs.

Shadow Industry Minister Sophie Mirabella blamed the government's "ad hoc" approach" to the industry, namely the carbon tax, for the cuts.


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