David Brown to make 20 redundant

Up to 20 David Brown Gear Industries Ltd employees could soon be made redundant from the company’s Bulli factory, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union says.

AMWU Wollongong industrial officer John Stewart said the company had confirmed 11 shop floor staff would be let go on December 13, and had left the door open to potential future redundancies.

He said the company had previously sacked between five and ten employees as part of a first round of redundancies earlier this year.

‘‘There’s the possibility it could be anything up towards the high teens or 20 all up,’’ Mr Stewart said.

He said the company was reviewing its staffing levels due to larger mining companies turning towards a ‘‘care and maintenance’’ model rather than purchasing new equipment.

Voluntary redundancies have been made available for a limited period to employees.

David Brown is a global company that sells and manufactures industrial gear and gearboxes for use in the mining, cement, power and renewable industries. 

Bulli serves as the company's Australian headquarters; there are also branch offices and service centres in Perth, Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane and Mackay, according to the David Brown website.

The Mercury has contacted the company for comment.

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