Staff at Kyabram SPCA are still uncertain about their future even after a $100 million investment plan.February 14, 2014 4:40pm
SPCA Kyabram remains shrouded in uncertainty even after Thursday’s announcement of a $100 million investment plan to save the company.
The Victorian Government’s promise to provide $22 million to flailing SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, alongside $78 million from Coca-Cola Amatil, has helped save the Goulburn Valley business but there is little information regarding the future of Kyabram’s 50 staff.
SPCA Managing Director Peter Kelly had confirmed the closure of the Kyabram and Mooroopna sites would be necessary before Thursday’s announcement.
Staff would be integrated into Shepparton’s upgraded site over a number of years.
Speculation still surrounds whether this move will take place in two or five years, and how many staff will be needed.
Sally Loane, director of Media and Public Affairs for Coca Cola Amatil, has said that the key issue for all SPC employees now is to embrace productivity, which is being encouraged right through the business.
She said that there is no hard and fast timetable for the move to Shepparton and will be worked out by SPCA management over the coming months.
On Friday General Secretary of the AMWU Tom Hale said that the position for Kyabram workers was still too early to assess.
‘‘As far as the community of Kyabram and the workers of Kyabram should be concerned we’ve still got a lot of work to do before there are a lot of celebrations,’’ Mr Hale said.
‘‘We probably don’t see a future in trying to force them to keep some of the places open in that I think they would just steamroll us and just go ahead and do it anyway so I think its a matter of trying to negotiate and mitigate the impacts that it will have on people.’’
‘‘I understand it isn’t good news but if the alternative was shutting the whole lot, which is what looked like the alternative only a week or so ago would be, then I guess it’s a better alternative then the whole of the Goulburn Valley losing that income.’’
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