AgResearch confirms job cuts at Invermay
AgResearch has announced it will go ahead with its "Future Footprint" proposal to downsize its southern institute.
Chief executive Dr Tom Richardson says the decision addresses a need to modernise ageing facilities and align its people and infrastructure with the AgResearch strategy.
"Our overall principle of having a large campus within each of the agriculture innovation hubs at Palmerston North and Lincoln and having our Ruakura and Invermay campuses focusing on regional environmental and farm systems needs remains central to our thinking," he said.
"We believe these changes will enable us to better deliver the science needed to contribute to New Zealand's economic growth."
Invermay staff will be cut from 115 to 33. That is in spite of a big push for the AgResearch board to reconsider the plan.
The decision comes hard on the heels of southern leaders taking the case for Invermay's full retention to Economic Development Minister Stephen Joyce in Wellington.
Staff were told the news yesterday with many given individual letters telling them whether they were expected to relocate or not.
PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said many left the meetings confused and distressed and believed AgResearch went into the consultation process with the proposal already a done deal.
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