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Jobs to go at Echuca Fonterra

Jobs have been made redundant at Echuca's Fonterra factory after a review by Fonterra Australia.

GEORDIE COWAN August 14, 2014 8:30am

Fonterra will cut 44 jobs from its Echuca site.

The company has not set an official date for the sackings but it is expected to be within the next week or two.

Six of the positions are currently vacant and the 44 spots on its employment roster will be replaced by seven ‘new’ roles.

The company’s ingredients and operations director Bruce Donnison told the Riverine Herald the new roles are being created ‘‘to better service the site for future success’’.

‘‘We do not make these decisions lightly, but we need to ‘right-size’ the site against our current and projected volumes and keep the site competitive for the long-term,’’ he said.

‘‘Throughout the process, Fonterra Australia will work closely with the relevant unions and all affected employees and their families to support them and provide comprehensive outplacement, support and counselling services.

‘‘Fonterra remains firmly committed to manufacturing in Australia and the future of the Echuca site.

‘‘This announcement does not affect any other sites in Fonterra Australia’s manufacturing network.’’

Staff were informed of the decision on Tuesday.

The full story will be in Friday’s Riverine Herald.

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