E tū says its
members at Sanford’s Bluff fish-processing plant have been blind-sided by job
cuts proposed by the company.
Up to 30 jobs –
almost half Sanford’s Bluff workforce – could be lost if the proposal to move
white-fish processing to Timaru goes ahead.
E tū organiser,
Anna Huffstutler says members were completely in the dark about Sanford’s plans
until they were suddenly called to a meeting on Tuesday.
“That was the
first we’d heard of these plans,” says Anna.
were completely blind-sided. It had never been mentioned before. There was no
discussion, not an inkling that this was happening,” she says.
are shell-shocked, absolutely shell-shocked. They feel like they’ve been lied
to. They are really angry. Some of them have worked there a long time.”
Sanford recently gained a resource consent to expand its salmon farms at Bluff,
arguing this would bring jobs and benefits to the community.
community thought things were solid in Bluff because Sanford made a commitment
that there would be more jobs if they got the consent. Now, what they’re saying
is, that’s not going to happen for three years.
“People are furious,
and they feel very misled.”
Anna says the move
appears to be driven by profits.
“Sanford made a
$66 million profit last year. So, I said to the CEO, Volker Kuntzsch, ‘How much is enough?’
told us shareholders want a $100 million profit and a 10 percent return on
shares. So, it’s not like they’re doing this out of financial hardship,” says
a small place. There are no other jobs, so they’d have to look outside Bluff.
It’s a real blow.”
For more information, contact:
Anna Huffstutler E tū organiser, ph. 027 209 7436