Job of­fers for RCR En­ergy staff

Hawke's Bay Today - - Dannervirke News -

Fol­low­ing news this week of about 20 re­dun­dan­cies at Dan­nevirke’s RCR En­ergy, the com­pany has con­firmed they are con­tin­u­ing to re­ceive phone calls and emails from lo­cal and re­gional com­pa­nies who need qual­i­fied trades­peo­ple, labour­ers and ap­pren­tices.

“Our guys are qual­i­fied, skilled and ex­pe­ri­enced and we have re­ceived of­fers for more roles than the num­ber of peo­ple who are af­fected. The sup­port has been truly amaz­ing — there are ad­van­tages to liv­ing and work­ing in ru­ral New Zealand,” a com­pany spokesper­son said.

When news of the re­dun­dan­cies broke Tararua Dis­trict mayor Tracey Col­lis said she was hope­ful job of­fers would come in for the af­fected staff.

“While this is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing news, the staff at RCR En­ergy have highly tech­ni­cal skills, but we’ve some won­der­ful en­gi­neer­ing com­pa­nies in our dis­trict, it’s what we are known for,” she said.

An RCR En­ergy spokesper­son has said re­gard­less of the name on the door and through good times and bad, the staff at Dan­nevirke have been looked af­ter and as many staff as pos­si­ble re­tained and con­sis­tently en­sured of their in­comes.

A state­ment from the com­pany fol­low­ing news of the Dan­nevirke re­dun­dan­cies said, “The un­for­tu­nate truth is that a busi­ness which forms part of an in­ter­na­tion­ally owned com­pany will al­ways be im­pacted by events at the par­ent com­pany. RCR Tom­lin­son Aus­tralia have, in the re­cent past ex­pe­ri­enced cost over­runs on so­lar projects which neg­a­tively im­pacted the com­pany fi­nan­cially.

“Dur­ing Novem­ber, RCR En­ergy staff in Dan­nevirke and across the coun­try were ad­vised that the Aus­tralian par­ent com­pany had re­quested a vol­un­tary sus­pen­sion from trad­ing on the Aus­tralian Stock Ex­change. This in it­self is not an un­usual event for large com­pa­nies while they deal with fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty. An ex­ten­sion of the sus­pen­sion was then an­nounced at about the same time as a class ac­tion was filed against the com­pany by its share­hold­ers in Aus­tralia.

“On Novem­ber 22, New Zealand staff were ad­vised that the par­ent com­pany, RCR Tom­lin­son Aus­tralia, had been placed un­der vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion and ad­min­is­tra­tors McGrath Ni­col had taken over the run­ning of busi­ness and would at­tempt to trade out of ad­min­is­tra­tion to get the com­pany back in black to con­tinue trad­ing. RCR in New Zealand is a sep­a­rate le­gal en­tity and staff were as­sured that it would keep op­er­at­ing for the fore­see­able fu­ture — with a firm tight­en­ing of the belt things would be okay. The gen­eral man­ager for the New Zealand group vis­ited the Dan­nevirke plant a cou­ple of weeks ago and felt pos­i­tive about the fu­ture of RCR in New Zealand.”

Un­for­tu­nately, fur­ther losses at the par­ent com­pany had since come to light and the ad­min­is­tra­tors ad­vised it was likely the Aus­tralian busi­ness en­ti­ties (about 30) would be sold off. An up­date from the New Zealand gen­eral man­ager on Mon­day high­lighted the need to take ac­tion to cut costs within the New Zealand busi­nesses and men­tioned that job losses in New Zealand were be­com­ing un­avoid­able if the com­pany is to sur­vive for the ben­e­fit of its larger ma­jor­ity of staff.

RCR En­ergy gen­eral man­ager Johnny Wat­son vis­ited the Dan­nevirke plant on Tues­day to out­line what the pro­posed job losses would en­tail in Dan­nevirke.

The com­pany said fol­low­ing this an­nounce­ment the hu­man re­sources man­ager is now work­ing with staff through the process of dis­es­tab­lish­ment of a num­ber of roles at the plant. Wat­son has as­sured staff that man­age­ment are do­ing ev­ery­thing in their power to keep the doors open and keep the ma­jor­ity of staff em­ployed. There have been ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est in the pur­chase of the var­i­ous busi­nesses un­der the RCR um­brella.

“It is un­for­tu­nate we are im­pacted by the sit­u­a­tion of the par­ent com­pany in Aus­tralia but I feel op­ti­mistic and we are en­sur­ing we are able to con­tinue sup­port­ing our loyal cus­tomers,” he said.

Over the years, res­i­dents of Dan­nevirke have no­ticed enor­mous struc­tures on over­sized trucks head­ing out of town. Most of these were man­u­fac­tured by the guys at RCR man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Miller St and were shipped to lo­ca­tions through­out New Zealand and the world — boil­ers for Nes­tle in the United King­dom and Aus­tralia, an aux­il­iary boiler for the Tarong North Power Sta­tion, and var­i­ous plant for Fon­terra.

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