Friday, July 1, 2022

Pondering their future

Sheepmeat processing staff at the Alliance Group Ltd Mataura plant have until the end of this week to make decisions on transferring to the Lorneville plant or take redundancy.

Alliance has confirmed sheep meat processing will end at Mataura. No other viable alternatives to that decision emerged during a four-week consultation process, chief executive Grant Cuff said.

Some workers had asked if certain alternatives had been considered, and they all had been , he said. He wouldn’t say what these were.

The 260 sheepmeat workers have been offered positions at Lorneville, with work expected to be available before Christmas.

About 65 non-processing staff face redundancy due to the change at Mataura.

Company and WINZ staff were at the plant helping affected workers sort out their options, Cuff said.

Mataura will be a dedicated beef processing plant from now on.

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