Alstom and Bombardier have collaborated with the Victorian state
government and unions to retain highly skilled manufacturing staff in
The majority of Alstom’s permanent manufacturing
staff/train builders will be redeployed to work on the VLocity train
maintenance program at Bombardier’s Ballarat factory while work
continues on the X’Trapolis 2.0 design. It is also understood that the
workers who are not redeployed will continue working on other rolling
stock projects at Alstom.
“We’re helping keep these highly-skilled
manufacturing jobs in Ballarat – giving certainty to workers and their
families,” said Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne.
workers will gain new experience and skills carrying out vital
maintenance on our VLocity fleet – helping to keep services moving
across regional Victoria,” Horne added.
The deal between Alstom,
Bombardier, V/Line and unions provides certainty for workers and their
families and keeps important, highly skilled manufacturing and
maintenance jobs in Ballarat.
Alstom workers will keep their
existing entitlements and the Victorian government will work closely
with them to ensure they have the necessary training and development to
undertake the new train maintenance work.
The deal will also
benefit regional passengers by speeding up planned maintenance work on
the constantly expanding VLocity fleet.
As part of the
government’s ongoing support of local manufacturing, $12 million will be
provided to Alstom to enable the company to continue the next phase of
design work for the X’Trapolis 2.0.