More than 100 Ford jobs cut in Victoria

More than 100 workers will lose their jobs at Ford in Victoria, the company says.
More than 100 workers will lose their jobs at Ford in Victoria, the company says.

Engineers and designers are among more than 100 workers to lose their jobs at Ford in Victoria.

About 40 salaried workers, 75 hourly workers and 90 contractors across Ford bases in Broadmeadows, Lara and Geelong will be affected, the company confirmed on Thursday, as the automaker further consolidates its operations.

Ford's engineering work on its Ranger ute and other models "will be led out of the United States", the company said in a statement.

"While Ford's workforce in Australia will remain more than 2000 people strong, there will be changes in the composition of the local workforce, to be achieved through a mix of new hires, redeployments and separations," it said.

Ford ended more than 90 years of car manufacturing in Victoria in October 2016 when it closed manufacturing plants at Broadmeadows and Geelong, leaving about 600 people without jobs.

At the time Ford said it would continue to employ some 2000 people in Australia, including about 1100 designers and engineers, 500 in product development, and the rest in marketing-type roles.

Ford's manufacturing closure was followed by similar moves by Holden and Toyota in 2017.

The latest round of job losses come a week after Ford signed a deal with Volkswagen to collaborate on a number of projects.

Remaining Australian-based engineers will have a "strategic role" in developing a new medium-sized pick-up truck for Ford and the German brand, the automaker said.

Australian Associated Press