Redundant staff finding new jobs

Only five of the 55 redundant Tamahine Knitwear staff do not have new jobs to go to, which shows how robust the local employment market is, Tamahine director Ross Gamble says.

For that sort of success rate to happen in just eight weeks since the announcement that Tamahine would close it doors was really positive, he said.

"It's pretty extraordinary. I take it as a great compliment to their skills and good work ethic created over the years at Tamahine."

It was Mr Gamble's primary concern, after 38 years in the business, that his staff get new jobs, but businesses had been ringing up to let them know when there were job vacancies.

Thirty of the 55 staff had received jobs in the clothing industry, with 22 going to Algie Clothing, which was taking over Tamahine's plant, equipment and brands.

Other staff had found jobs in a variety of other sectors, including footwear, retail, hospitality, care-giving and a law office, thanks to help from Work and Income and Select Personnel, he said.

It was hoped in the next fortnight the remaining five would also get work.

There were four members of the Gamble family who worked in the business who also had new jobs, although Mr Gamble had yet to decide on his next project. Cycling and charity work were on the agenda, he said.

Tamahine closes on June 30 and Algie Clothing takes over on July 1.

 

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