Amcor Flexibles NZ Ltd confirmed this afternoon that it will be consolidating operations at its Branston Street site – around 30 E tū members are facing redundancy as a result but over 42 are expected to be redeployed.
E tū industry co-ordinator Joe Gallagher said the closure, just the latest in a series to affect the Hornby area, would “come as a blow” to many residents and workers.
“These are well-paid jobs, and highly qualified people who have been very loyal and committed to the business,” he said.
However, he acknowledged that there are commercial realities in terms of a competitive market, noting that the company had been losing work in recent years.
Amcor said there will be no job losses until after Christmas and with a gradual shut-down of production at Carmen Road, the process is due for completion by the end of 2017.
Gallagher said the union will be working with Amcor “to follow that time-line, to minimise job losses, and to ensure the transition is as painless as possible.”
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Christchurch-based manufacturer Amcor will be working with E tū to minimise job losses following today’s announcement that the firm’s Carmen Road plant is to close.