Pacific Dunlop-owned Jockey Australia is to cut 80 jobs in an attempt to cut costs, Asia Pulse reported today.

The decision comes two weeks after Pacific Dunlop bought Sara Lee's hosiery arm and announced its plan to divest its Pacific Brands.

The company had pledged to sell brands, including Grosby, Holeproof, and Candy, as going concerns, but the cuts at Jockey have sparked concern among employees, said Michele O'Neil, state secretary for the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union (TCFU).

"There is a general fear in our industry about security of jobs," Ms O'Neil said. "Whenever something changes it adds to the workers' concerns."

The union has met with management at Jockey hoping to persuade the company to absorb the 80 workers affected by the cuts into other roles. Management is expected to comment later today.

Ms O'Neil hopes Jockey will reconsider: "We think the decision (to close Jockey) was premature," she said.

"It is a good brand with good Australian consumer loyalty and export potential. We just don't accept the need for the jobs to go."