Government ‘regrets’ Bosch decision to shed jobs


The Federal Government regrets a decision by Robert Bosch Australia Pty Ltd to relocate some of its manufacturing operations overseas, says Minister for Innovation and Industry Senator Kim Carr.

The decision will affect 380 jobs at Bosch’s Clayton site in Victoria over the next two-and-a-half years.

Bosch currently employs 1100 people at Clayton out of a total of over 1800 across Australia.

In a statement released last Friday Senator Carr said the Government would stand by workers affected by the decision “to minimise the social and economic disruption to families.”

Bosch’s decision reflects the company’s international commercial priorities, Senator Carr said in the statement.

“Bosch did not speak to the Australian Government before making its announcement,” he said.

“Bosch has assured me that the company has a strong and on-going commitment to the Australian market and community, said Senator Carr. “And, importantly, its design and engineering capability will remain in Australia — Bosch will continue to manufacture components for local markets.”

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