Still no clar­i­fi­ca­tion on mill jobs in Wan­garatta

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MONE KER­WIN sker­win@ ne­me­

WAN­GARATTA Woollen Mills, and as­so­ci­ated trad­ing en­tity Aus­tralian Coun­try Spin­ners, is ex­pected to trans­fer oper­a­tions to Bendigo Woollen Mills next week.

While the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle has been un­able to ob­tain fur­ther com­ment from BWM through­out this month, the com­pany - when it an­nounced its pur­chase of ACS and the Wan­garatta mill in mid-Au­gust - said Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 2 was the date for changeover.

The 81 Wan­garatta ACS em­ploy­ees were told at that stage that the com­pany had been pur­chased, along with the Pa­tons, Cleck­heaton, Panda and Shepherd brands.

All po­si­tions were to be made re­dun­dant from Oc­to­ber 2, with “a small num­ber” of em­ploy­ees to be of­fered po­si­tions un­der the new ar­range­ment.

These plans were to be de­ter­mined in the fol­low­ing weeks, but no fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion has been made pub­lic by Aus­tralian Coun­try Spin­ners or Bendigo Woollen Mills.

Tex­tile Cloth­ing and Footwear Union or­gan­iser Jenny Kr­uschel said she would be on-site at the Wan­garatta mill today to find out more about the path ahead for lo­cal workers.

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