Fridge factory job losses confirmed

04:57, May 30 2014

Fisher & Paykel Appliances has confirmed it has made 28 workers redundant at its refrigerator factory in East Tamaki, Auckland.

A financial statement filed this week by Haier New Zealand Investment Holdings, which owns 80 per cent of F&P Appliances, said production would be scaled back at East Tamaki because of reduced demand for smaller fridges that were made there.

"As a result, 28 positions are to be made redundant," the company said.

F&P Appliances spokesman Matt Orr said that after talks with staff and unions, the employees had taken voluntary redundancy.

While all F&P Appliances manufacturing locations were subject to "ongoing review", he said, there were "no plans for large-scale cutbacks at the plant beyond business as usual" this year.

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