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Unions finalize Oamaru plant deal with NZ wool spinner

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May '12
The staff and union representatives of Summit Wool Spinners, New Zealand's biggest independent spinner, have entered into an agreement with the management over restructuring plans for Oamaru yarn plant.

The company is hit by low demand for its products due to competition from synthetic carpet manufacturers and unfavourable exchange rate and was working on a plan to revive the plant.

John Gardner, organizer of Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU), said the EPMU, along with the FIRST Union, was able to halt job losses during negotiations with management of Oamaru wool plant.

Summit Wool would now seek voluntary redundancies from its workforce, he added.

He said the new agreement will provide both Summit management and workers a sense of certainty about the changes that are going to take place at the plant over the next two years.

The restructuring plan retains the rotating twelve hour shift system at the plant, as it was strongly supported by workers' representatives.

Mr. Gardner hoped that the new agreement would stabilize jobs and increase Summit's earnings.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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