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SPC Ardmona responds to 'generous' criticism

SPC Ardmona managing director Peter kelly has responded to claims the company is offering “over generous” allowances and conditions.

February 4, 2014 1:00pm

SPC Ardmona managing director Peter kelly has responded to claims the company is offering “over generous” allowances and conditions.

He said the total cost of allowances for all production staff at SPC Ardmona for the entire year of 2013 was $116,467, which represents less than 0.1 per cent of the business’s cost of goods for the year.

SPC Ardmona employees get 20 days annual leave, not nine weeks.

‘‘Our employees are aware of the critical and urgent need to transform our business and the majority have responded in practical and financial ways to lift productivity to help secure our long term in future in the Goulburn Valley,’’ Mr Kelly said.

‘‘We have been assessing work practices for many months, and have made significant improvements in

productivity.”

Since 2011 32 per cent of positions across the business have been made redundant.

In December 2013, 73 employees in the maintenance and trade function at SPC Ardmona, who had been previously advised their positions were under review, were made redundant, and the function outsourced to an external maintenance services provider.

‘‘We are doing our best to reduce all costs across the business, however the serious problems that have beset SPCA have not been because of labour costs and certainly not from the allowances, a fact borne out by the Productivity Commission’s recent analysis.’’

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