Thousands Are Attending ‘Storm The Old Ford Factory And Restart AU Falcon Production’ Event
Ever since some bloke wanted everyone to storm Area 51 to see what was lurking behind the gates, there are events popping up all over Facebook asking for people to raid something somewhere.
While loads of them are just light-hearted attempts at banter, one has been uploaded to Facebook and it's a very serious matter for Aussies.
More than 8,000 users have clicked attending to the 'Storm The Old Ford Factory And Restart AU Falcon Production' event with more than 20,000 interested.
There's not a hell of a lot of information about the event except for 'Let's make some damn Falcons', which we reckon everyone can get on board with.
Australia was collectively devastated when, in 2016, the Ford Factory in Broadmeadows, Campbellfield produced its last Falcon. If you're unaware, the Ford Falcon is a bloody tru-blu Aussie vehicle only rivaled, in terms of iconic status, by the Holden Commodore.
For 57 years, Falcons and other vehicles were produced at that Victorian factory, so it's not hard to see why it was tough to say goodbye to it.
The AMWU National Vehicle Division Secretary Dave Smith said of the closure: "These job losses couldn't come at a worse time for these workers, many of whom will struggle to find work.
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"The decision taken by the Ford head office in the US is going to take a wrecking ball to these communities.
"The foundation of these suburbs and the families that live in them have been high-skilled, blue-collar jobs. There are simply not enough new jobs to absorb job losses at this scale."
Nick Doria, who had worked at the factory for 22 years, held back tears as he told media: "There's a lot that are going to struggle [for jobs]. They can't read or write or apply themselves on computers, and that's where they're going to struggle."
But that day marked the end of Ford production in Australia as the other plants across the country had already shut. The Broadmeadows production plant was the last bastion of Ford in Australia.
So that's why this event is bloody as Aussie as it gets.
People clearly want to see Ford Falcons being produced in the Land Down Under and they're happy to storm the factory.
Whether they'll actually carry it out on September 14 is another question.
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