Gearbox maker DSI made 42 jobs redundant last Wednesday at its Lavington factory, though called for 25 voluntary redundancies the day after.
DSI, owned by China’s Geely Automotive since 2009, held a meeting with its 160 staff last Thursday.
The ABC reports that the AMWU’s Sean Morgan was unsurprised at the recent redundancies, and praised the company’s transparency, but the news was still painful.
“It always is a kick in the guts when this sort of thing happens," Morgan told the ABC.
"I'll take my hat off to the company on this occasion because they have [been] keeping their employees informed as well."
DSI currently employs 142 people. In 1982, when it supplied to Ford, GM Holden and Nissan, this number was 1,250. Its only contract is with Ssang Yong, and this will expire in October next year.