Holcim New Zealand today confirmed it will disestablish 15
permanent roles at its Westport plant and quarry.
The announcement followed a structural review begun in June
and several weeks of consultation with staff over proposed
changes outlined last month.
"These changes are designed to ensure the plant and quarry
operate efficiently and remain competitive for a further two
to three years until the company moves from local production
to imported product," said general manager cement, Ross
The company announced last month that its Westport factory
would close once it had built a new terminal to import
Shortly after that announcement Holcim proposed
disestablishing 17 roles.
"We've taken on board the very constructive feedback we've
received from staff during the consultation period and have
made a number of amendments to what we originally proposed,"
said Mr Pickworth.
Of the 15 permanent roles being disestablished, five were
currently vacant, meaning up to 10 staff may be affected by
Any staff made redundant would receive counselling and
outplacement support. A process to identify which staff would
be made redundant will be worked through over the coming
The cement plant and quarry employs 120 people.