Silence on foundry's job losses

Redundancies are understood to have been made at Dunedin foundry specialist Bradken yesterday, but the company remains tight-lipped over the issue.

In an unsigned ''restructuring proposal'' obtained by the ODT in late November, Bradken outlined that of 58 staff, six jobs were on the line, but by decreasing labour cost, the company could maintain a five-day working week.

Yesterday was Bradken's deadline for its final decision, and to advise staff.

One source understood several staff had decided to leave during the past fortnight and could only confirm one redundancy yesterday.

Bradken's Dunedin manufacturing manager, Darren Sparg, declined to comment, referring ODT questions to the to mining and transport group executive general manager Bradley Ward, in New South Wales.

Mr Ward's office was contacted, and confirmed he was there, but he did not return calls. His office requested emailed questions, but they went unanswered yesterday.

It was the fourth restructuring measure for Bradken in Dunedin since mid-2013. Globally, the Australian-listed company workforce last financial year fell 24%, to 3650.

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