Shorten in CMI talks

WORKPLACE Relations Minister Bill Shorten this morning will discuss embattled car parts maker CMI with the union representing workers there. They have pressed Mr Shorten to intervene in their bid to be paid their entitlements.

WORKPLACE Relations Minister Bill Shorten this morning will discuss embattled car parts maker CMI with the union representing workers there. They have pressed Mr Shorten to intervene in their bid to be paid their entitlements.

Hundreds of employees from the company's four Victorian plants attended a creditors' meeting in Melbourne yesterday, but left without any certainty over their immediate fate. The company, which is in the hands of administrators Grant Thornton, is likely to soon go into liquidation. The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union's Leigh Diehm said the union believed the company was unlikely to be sold as a going concern, and has called on Mr Shorten to act. Some workers are owed significant amounts of unpaid superannuation, including payments they have made themselves.

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