More than 100 Ford workers in Victoria will lose their jobs as the automaker shifts some of its engineering work to the United States.
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.
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.
The plant closures were followed by similar moves by Holden and Toyota in 2017.
Remaining Australian-based engineers will have a “strategic role” in developing a new medium-sized pick-up truck for Ford and Volkswagen. The companies announced they would be collaborating on a number of projects on January 15.