More job cuts likely at CHH

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - By ADEN MILES

Carter Holt Har­vey will cut 18 jobs from its Toko­roa ply­wood plant and fur­ther re­dun­dan­cies are ex­pected dur­ing the next two years.

CHH made the an­nounce­ment last week that it was go­ing to slash jobs in Toko­roa with South Waikato En­gi­neer­ing Print­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Union rep­re­sen­ta­tive Red Mid­dle­miss con­firm­ing that fur­ther re­dun­dan­cies are ex­pected.

Union mem­bers met ear­lier this week to dis­cuss the pro­pos­als and fu­ture meet­ings are planned, he said.

‘‘ The union met with all of the del­e­gates with the com­pany about the pro­cesses from here.

‘‘The last date for them will be Jan­uary 6, 2013, so ef­fec­tively that is their last day,’’ Mr Mid­dle­miss said.

He said of­fi­cials were made aware of the loom­ing job cuts a day be­fore it was an­nounced last week.

‘‘For those who will lose their job, the com­pany is of­fer­ing the ca­sual pool for them.

‘‘That is what I meant when I said man­age­ment has been good through all of this. They are try­ing to make it eas­ier. Del­e­gates were told of the cuts on the day,’’ he said.

Mr Mid­dle­miss said the job cuts are a re­flec­tion of the eco­nomic sta­tus.

‘‘ The whole of the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try is af­fected . . . There are job down­turns and no­body is buy­ing prod­ucts.

‘‘We have been ex­pect­ing it to hap­pen. The guys have been coming to work and have had noth­ing to do. The pro­duc­tion rate has dropped, so the writ­ing was on the note pa­per,’’ he said.

The Toko­roa site’s job cuts join about 50 job losses from Ro­torua Pro­files plant af­ter it was forced to close.

Carter Holt Har­vey has blamed a fall in de­mand from ex­port mar­kets in Aus­tralia and a lack of new builds here as the rea­son for the re­dun­dan­cies.

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