Toyota denies union is to blame for closure

Toyota denies union is to blame for closure

Toyota Australia has rejected claims it told Treasurer Joe Hockey, the actions of The Australian Manufacturing Workers union were behind its decision to cease manufacturing in Australia in 2017.

An article published in the Financial Review today, says during a meeting with Mr Hockry last year, Toyota Australia CEO Maz Yasuda said he was concerned about the generous pay and conditions in Australia, and what it would mean for the future of Toyota.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also indicated the Union shoulders some of the blame for Toyota’s closure, for refusing to negotitate new workplace agreements.

Asked about the article today, Mr Hockey said it was accurate.

But Toyota has released a statement today saying it has never blamed the unions for its closure.

It said at the time of the announcement, there was no one single factor behind the closure, but that the strong Australian dollar was one contributor.

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