A sale decision said to be "imminent". Photo by Craig Baxter.
Kiwirail is expected to announce a sale decision concerning
its Hillside Engineering Workshops next week.
It has been six months since the South Dunedin railway
machinery facility was put on the market and workers are
anxious to know their fate before Christmas.
The Otago Daily Times understands Bradken, which
operates in Dunedin, has been involved in negotiations with
The global manufacturing company has headquarters in
Australia and 34 manufacturing facilities throughout the
world, including in New Zealand.
Its Dunedin facility is part of the company's industrial
division, which supplies a range of cast, fabricated and
machined components, in addition to maintenance and
refurbishment services to a wide range of industries, its
Attempts to contact Bradken management in Australia were
KiwiRail communications manager Kimberley Brady declined to
comment, except to say negotiations were continuing and a
result was imminent.
Rail and Maritime Transport Union South Island organiser John
Kerr said he expected KiwiRail to make a sale announcement
"It is my understanding that an announcement on the future of
Hillside is imminent, and could be as soon as early next
week," Mr Kerr said yesterday.
Hillside's about 120 workers were tired of the uncertainty,
"It's getting to the end of the year, they are all thinking
about the future and they want to know what the future holds
for them. Workers traditionally take a break over Christmas
and New Year, and it would be good for them to go into that
knowing where they stand."
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
he also was expecting an announcement next week.
KiwiRail initially planned to announce a sale decision by the
end of August, but consultation with potential buyers had
taken longer than expected.