A group of about 60 SPC Ardmona maintenance workers who were made redundant two days after Christmas knocked off for the last time yesterday.JARROD WHITTAKER May 3, 2014 4:34am
One last photo: A group of about 60 sacked SPC Ardmona workers pose for a picture in front of the Shepparton factory's gates after finishing work for the last time yesterday.
Their last day on the job completes the transfer from in-house maintenance to contract labour.
The 60 or so workers who finished yesterday are the last remaining from a group of 73 made redundant in December.
A further group of about 10 also finished at the company’s Kyabram operation.
Electrical Trades Union organiser Damian King said the 73 workers were true heroes of the fight to keep SPC Ardmona in Shepparton.
‘‘A lot of people tried to make themselves heroes in the SPC situation — these guys are the real heroes,’’ Mr King said.
He said the workers could have striked indefinitely after being told of their fate, but refused.
‘‘We could have crippled the business going into the fruit season,’’ Mr King said.
‘‘But the guys said, ‘We’re the sons of fruitgrowers — we’ve lived here for years, we won’t do it’.’’
Contract labour firms who will provide maintenance services to SPC Ardmona have been directed by the company not to hire the men.
As a result, many will not have a job to go to come Monday.
The ETU and Australian Manufacturing Workers Union have accused the company of selling the workers out in its bid for a Federal Government bailout.
In December, the company was seeking $25
It was revealed the government was not happy with what it called the ‘‘over-generous’’ pay and conditions the company’s workers enjoyed.
However, an SPC Ardmona spokeswoman said the workers were made redundant in a bid to improve efficiency.
‘‘As part of SPC’s labour productivity review last year, 73 maintenance employees were made redundant because SPC found we could not make the productivity gains we needed with this group,’’ the spokeswoman said.
‘‘These employees were advised last December their roles would be replaced by external maintenance services providers in May 2014.
‘‘They have all been offered full redundancy and entitlement payouts, as well as work transitional services to support their job search efforts.’’
She said 10 workers left the company early after finding new employment.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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