Join Date: May 2001
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Holden threat to get parts offshore
From The Daily Telegraph
HOLDEN has threatened to shop for car parts overseas if industrial disputes continue to cripple the $5 billion components industry.
The Australian newspaper says Holden, the nation's biggest car marker, issued the warning as a strike at a Victorian steel plant threatened to paralyse the whole industry for the third time in a year.
Holden's chairman and managing director Peter Hanenberger said its export push was under pressure and the company might have no choice but to source parts offshore.
"I hope we are not forced into that situation," he told the newspaper.
"Holden doesn't want it, and I know our colleagues don't want it either.
"I'm always for co-operation because confrontation just brings on further confrontation and I don't believe it's the way to go into the future."
The latest strike by 280 maintenance workers at BHP Steel's Hastings Plant near Melbourne could halt car production as early as next week.
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