Com­pany fights for jobs for laid off staff


Matamata Chronicle - - News - By AN­DREA FOX

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.

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