Cold times ahead for 29 workers

20:25, Jul 19 2012

Fisher & Paykel Appliances has confirmed it will make 29 workers redundant from its refrigeration base in Auckland as the firm moves some work to Thailand.

Members of FIRST Union and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union said they had been told one of the production lines was being discontinued.

Fisher & Paykel Appliances said that was incorrect.

Job cuts had resulted from a change to its operation, with some of the refrigeration models made in New Zealand moving to an overseas manufacturing plant, chief executive Stuart Broadhurst said.

The production improvements that could be made in Thailand could not be done in New Zealand without adding costs, he said. Fairfax NZ

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