More than half of Australia’s jobs are now being lost to automation, according to new figures, as a growing number of companies struggle to cope with a shift in the way they do business.
The latest figures show the bulk of the nation’s manufacturing sector has shed more than 2.1 million jobs in the past 12 months, according the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU).
The data comes as the Turnbull Government pushes for the government to provide $6.5 billion to the industry to help cope with the job losses.
The Government’s plan will see $6 billion spent over four years to support the industry, but the AMWU is urging it to be more aggressive.
“The Australian manufacturing sector is being destroyed, we are losing jobs every day, and that is unacceptable,” union secretary Mick Molloy said.
“This funding is a lifeline to support these small businesses and their families who are struggling to survive.”
The Government is expected to announce the funding package in the coming days.
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