More job cuts likely at CHH
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.