Capital to lose 32 jobs in boxes shift

Last updated 05:00 15/02/2014

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Wellington cardboard box maker Charta Packaging is cutting 32 jobs from its manufacturing base in Seaview, and moving the work to Auckland, according to the Engineers Union.

Charta has been in business since 1978. It specialises in corrugated packaging, selling boxes in both New Zealand and Australia, and supplying industries ranging from food, meat, fish, dairy, and wine, through to manufacturing.

"For our Wellington members it's a real blow, especially as the company is profitable and the work is there," EPMU organiser Mark James said.

"There will be opportunities for some people to transfer to Auckland, but that's not going to be an option for everyone. The only good news is that the work is staying in New Zealand for the time being."

Union members at Charta were entitled to redundancy pay under their collective employment agreement.

Charta was founded by John Winlove.

In 2003, the Winloves sold their controlling stake to Stokes Holding, an investment company owned by Michael and Richard Stokes.

Companies Office documents show the company is now owned by Visy Board NZ, an offshoot of Australian packaging giant Visy Board.

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