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Updated April 20, 2015 19:29:31

Holden production line>> Photo: Car production at Holden's Elizabeth plant will be reduced next month and will lead to about 270 job redundancies. (ABC News)

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About 270 redundancies are to be made at Holden's Elizabeth plant by May 25.

General Motors said the plant would reduce production from 290 cars per day to 240.

"This move better aligns production with demand and supports our plan of continuing to build world-class cars in Adelaide until the end of 2017," director of communications Sean Poppitt said.

Holden's manufacturing operations will wind down on a sliding scale until the end of 2017, when the plant will close.

Federal Member for Wakefield Nick Champion said the reduction in car manufacturing was likely to have flow-on impacts for the components industry.

He said the decision came as a direct result of the Federal Government failing to provide appropriate support for car manufacturing in Australia.

"The extent of these impacts is yet to be ascertained," Mr Champion said.

All of our people have counselling services available to them, as well as career counselling, training and job-search assistance

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General Motors spokesperson Sean Poppitt

Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union federal secretary Dave Smith said that while the redundancies were disappointing, they came as no surprise.

"Most people have sort of come to grips with it," he said.

"They understand that between now and 2017 there was always going to be a re-rate (reduction) at some stage or another."

Mr Poppitt said the company was "committed" to supporting staff through the transition process.

"We acknowledge the human factor first and foremost," he said.

"All of our people have counselling services available to them, as well as career counselling, training and job-search assistance.

"Everyone has access to that before and after this process. We also have our early release program."

Mr Poppitt would not say if there would be further reductions in car manufacturing this year but said the company remained working in a "supply and demand industry".

"We have to react to the market as required," he said.

"We can't talk about any specific dates, but as mentioned before, obviously the scaling down of production will continue to occur on a sliding scale."

He said redundancies would be offered through a voluntary process in the first instance and expected most of the positions to "wind up" by May 25.

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First posted April 20, 2015 18:33:29

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