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More assistance for redundant ACL workers

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Labor Member for Bass Geoff Lyons and Labor Senator Anne Urquhart today announced that almost 100 workers who were made redundant at Launceston car parts maker Automotive Components Limited (ACL) in 2009 will receive extra assistance of up to eight weeks pay.
“This will mean $700,000 will go directly to workers and their families,” Mr Lyons said.
“The Gillard Labor Government has stood by former ACL workers who have fought to secure additional money for those who did not receive their full entitlements in 2009,” Mr Lyons said.
“There were highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case where the company continues to trade in receivership after entering into liquidation in September 2009,” Mr Lyons said.
Senator Urquhart said the additional assistance is available because the Gillard Labor Government amended the General Employment Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS) Operational Arrangements.
“During the 2010 election campaign, Geoff and I, together with the then-AMWU National Secretary Dave Oliver, stood in St George’s Square Park with redundant ACL workers to support the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to lift the cap on redundancy payments,” Senator Urquhart said.
“Since that time, the Labor Government has stuck to its word and amended the Operational Arrangements.” Senator Urquhart said.
“Geoff and I have worked with the Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten to ensure that those workers who lost their jobs in 2009 and did not receive their full entitlements will together receive around $700,000,” Senator Urquhart said.
From January 2011, the Government increased protection for redundancy entitlements.
These protections lifted the level of redundancy assistance from the former capped rate of 16 weeks to four weeks for each year or service, dependent on the employment instrument.
Further information on GEERS can be found at http://www.deewr.gov.au/WorkplaceRelations/Programs/EmployeeEntitlements/GEERS/Pages/default.aspx.

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