Six of the 15 people for working for Ricoh in Dunedin have
been made redundant, as the multinational expands services in
Ricoh, which is expanding in New Zealand and has more than
300 staff, last year purchased Dunedin company SCL Computing.
An anonymous source contacted the Otago Daily Times about the
redundancies this week and Ricoh's operations manager for IT
(information and technology) services Andrew Jackson, was
contacted for comment yesterday.
He confirmed six Dunedin staff, three from administration and
three technicians, had been made redundant. No other staff
were affected in New Zealand.
He said Dunedin ''was not being downsized''. Negotiations
were under way to move Ricoh's Dunedin IT staff and photocopy
division together ''under one roof'''.
The redundancies arose from Ricoh's ''strategic direction'',
in balancing the skills of Dunedin staff to ''align with
Ricoh's [business] strategy''.
While it is best known for photocopiers, Ricoh's services
also include commercial printing and printers, digital
cameras, management of paper-based and digital information
and live audio and video communication.
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union yesterday
said pen manufacturer Bic had confirmed it will lay off all
its 19 Auckland-based manufacturing staff, claiming some
staff of more than 30 years service were being offered only
only six weeks' redundancy pay.