Possibly up to six staff at Farra Engineering's fabrication
division in Dunedin could lose their jobs, with a downturn in
Farra chief executive John Whitaker confirmed, when contacted
yesterday, that consultation was under way at the fabrication
division, and he was ''hopeful'' the final number made
redundant would be fewer than the six suggested.
''Some contracts we had expected have been slow to come
through and have taken longer to be finalised,'' Mr Whitaker
''General trading conditions are still very difficult.''
Farra, which at present employs 120 staff, exports
niche-market engineering products around the world, including
to aluminium smelters. Its projects include hanging
maintenance units for high-rise buildings.
Mr Whitaker said suggestions from fabrication staff were
still being considered and a final decision was likely to be
made by the end of next week.
He said the were ''no concerns at all'' that other divisions
within the Farra group could be facing job cuts, given the
present economic conditions.
''We do have some new work prospects coming through,'' he
In late-2009, Farra had to cut four jobs following the loss
of a $1.8 million Australian contract.
During the preceding 15 months, staffing at Farra staff was
cut by a total of 15 to fewer than 100, at the time.