Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SPC Ardmona' Shepparton- Changes to Australia to Australian Manufacturing Sector Afoot.
'More than 70 maintenance workers at SPC Ardmona's Shepparton cannery lost their jobs on Friday, after being told their positions would be replaced by contract labor.
This comes as the food processing giant awaits the Federal and Victorian governments' verdict on the company's plea for $50 million to buy new equipment to make it competitive with overseas companies.
Damian King, of the Electrical Trades Union, slammed the post-Christmas redundancies, saying the workers are "being sacrificed" to give the appearance of "some sort of change being implemented".
An SPC Ardmona spokeswoman said employees were aware of the "critical and urgent need to transform our business"' and the majority had responded in practical and financial ways to lift productivity.
The workers had been previously advised their positions were under review as the company assessed its work practices "for many months" to identify improvements in productivity", she said.
The spokeswoman said the jobs would be outsourced to an external maintenance services provider in May.
"It is SPC Ardmona's expectation that the preferred provider will set up an office in Shepparton," she said.
Mr King said the job losses were disappointing, given the unions had presented a cost-saving plan to SPC Ardmona management a fortnight ago.
“The proposals included a two-year wage freeze and improved shift rostering and hours of work arrangements," he said.
“It is totally arrogant and offensive to answer such proposals by sacking 70 employees.”
SPC Ardmona has been processing fruit and vegetables for more than 90-years in Australia.
Up to 2000 jobs in the Goulburn Valley would be lost if SPC Ardmona pulled out, according to an analysis commissioned for Greater Shepparton Council.
In April, the company slashed its orders of pears, peaches, apples, plums and apricots from local growers, prompting some farmers to bulldoze their orchards. ”'
The Age Newspaper
27th December, 2013
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