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Toyota’s withdrawal from Australia could see as many as 6,000 lose their jobs.

The firm’s main plant in Altona North closed early October, seeing 2,600 workers lose their jobs – a figure which doesn’t represent the vast amount of supply chain workers who depend on orders from the plant.

“All up today, there are about 6,000 Victorians going to lose their jobs because Toyota is shutting down,” the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s Dave Smith told reporters.

Toyota’s exit from the state of Victoria marks the end of 90 years of car manufacturing in Australia, which first started with Ford in Geelong in 1925.

Former workers at the plant have expressed concern about the future, but remain optimistic.  

One worker, Matthew Kinson told journalists “A lot of us haven’t had a job interview here for 20-odd years.

“It’s changed since we came here, filled out a bit of paper and walked in the door and started the next day.

“My concern now is that the job market is casual. We’ve got it good here, we’ve got good terms and conditions and very good wages … It’s the non-English speaking people, who work really hard here and put a lot of effort in, who may have a little bit of difficulty finding work.”

Ford pulled out of Australia in 2016 and only half of those made redundant have found suitable, full time employment in the intervening period.

Toyota announced its intention to depart from Australia in 2014. The company has put over 2,200 of its workers through a skills programme to help them find employment. 260 workers have retired and 130 have been reallocated into other areas of the company.  

“The company will continue to provide the Australian market with a diverse range of high quality vehicles,” Toyota Australia’s president, Dave Buttner, said.

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