Extra security was called to Toyota's plant at Altona west of Melbourne today as the company began sacking 350 of what it says are its worst-performing workers.
The carmaker foreshadowed the cuts in January, blaming the high Australian dollar for falling export sales.
Over the past three months it has assessed more than 3,000 workers at the plant, testing them on workplace behaviour and skills.
The 350 people with the lowest ratings are being forced to leave either today or tomorrow.
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