Company fights for jobs for laid off staff
They have fought closure for five long years and now that the black day has come, staff at Matamata’s Metso New Zealand aren’t going quietly.
By now some of Waikato’s top manufacturing employers would have read about their qualifications and experience after a unique drive to find them new jobs from next month, when the Finland- based multinational company closes its southernmost outpost.
The mini-CVs of engineering, operational and administration staff are in a high quality brochure entitled ‘‘Our people could be your people’’, that has been delivered by hand to Waikato employers.
Nearly 30 Metso staff, most of whom live in Matamata, are the latest casualties of the global recession’s impact on the construction industry and a head office decision to move more manufacturing to India after an external review of the global operation’s supply chain efficiency.
The Matamata operation specialises in vertical shaft impact rock crushing equipment and related services for mining and construction. In the past five years staff numbers have been chopped from 133 to 30.
In May, managing director Keith Cooke was told the operation was under review again. In July the word came that it would close. ‘‘Logistically we are at the wrong end of the world,’’ Cooke said.
To prepare the close-knit team for redundancy, he and his senior team arranged CV preparation and interview training for each staff member.
Cooke said the brochure idea came over a coffee with new Matamata- Piako Mayor Jan Barnes, who wanted to help and suggested it. It was such an obvious and simple thing to do.’’
Sixteen staff have found new jobs.
‘‘ We have a values- led organisation where we actually do live the values.’’
Waikato business coach Matt Fitzsimmons said: ‘‘They’ve staved off closure for years. I’ve never before met a team so dedicated to their staff.’’
Laid off: Metso managing director Keith Cooke is helping his staff find jobs when the Matamata mining and drilling technology company closes.