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Most Victorian car manufacturing workers yet to start looking for new jobs, study finds

Researchers are concerned for the future of Australia’s car manufacturing workers after a study found only 13 per cent have begun looking for new jobs.

The research tracked 400 Victorian car and auto components workers in the lead-up to the closure of Ford’s Melbourne plant on Friday.

Australian Catholic University’s Dr Tom Barnes said nearly two thirds of workers surveyed said they wanted to find work, and half of those wanted to stay in similar manufacturing jobs.

He said uncertainty was a key reason many workers had not yet started looking for work. “Of those 400 workers there’s approximately a quarter who are not going to lose their jobs, they’re going to stay with the same company in the same role or they’ll be redeployed,” he told 774 ABC Melbourne. “But we know about half will or do expect to be retrenched.

“It’s not because the workers haven’t been warned or they don’t know what’s going on, it because there’s still so much uncertainty about what will happen.” He said one reason some workers may be waiting was because they had a financial buffer.

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