The company said that it would try to make contractors full time employees, reduce the workforce through attrition and not fill open positions. “We will be releasing up to 300 people, primarily fixed-term contractors, by the end of the year,” Boeing said in a statement. The Dreamliner 787 deal is Australia’s largest aerospace contract, worth AUD $4 billion over 20 years. Source = ETB News: Tom Neale The company said that this had always been the decision once full production rates were reached and it had completed its orders. Boeing’s decision worsens a difficult year for manufacturing employment in Victoria with Holden and Toyota deciding to stop operations and Philip Morris closing its production plant and sacking 180 workers. “Reducing employment on these programs is a natural part of the manufacturing cycle.” The decision means that the workers will no longer be needed to help produce carbon fibre trailing edge for the wings of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner fleet, the Guardian reported. Boeing has defended its decision to sack 300 fix-term contractors from its Port Melbourne plant by the end of the year. Even though Boeing will be shrinking its workforce by 300 people, it is intent on still hiring people to handle existing delivery obligations.