More than 120 jobs looks set to go at a Hamilton meat factory
after Goodman Fielder confirmed the closure of the plant, a
Workers at the Huttons/Kiwi Bacon factory in Frankton were
called into a meeting at 7am today with Goodman Fielder NZ
managing director, Peter Reidie, where the news was
confirmed, said FIRST Union.
It comes weeks after staff at the factory were warned that
125 jobs could be cut from the facility by the Australasian
Goodman Fielder announced on January 8 it had agreed to a
proposal to sell its meat business to Hellers.
"There was a combination of disappointment and relief amongst
workers," FIRST Union general secretary Robert Reid said.
"While workers were disappointed to hear the news that the
site would close and they would be make redundant, there was
also relief that after a month of waiting the final decision
had been made."
Mr Reid said the union, which represents 96 of the affected
staff, would work closely with the company and Government
agencies to ensure workers receive full support throughout
the closure and redundancy period.