The process a New Plymouth boat-builder followed when deciding which staff to lay off is being reviewed by the workers' union.
Fitzroy Yachts last week told seven staff they would be made redundant before Christmas but the negotiations did not include the EPMU, New Zealand's largest private sector union.
The staff have been told their last day will be December 16.
Company director Rodney Martin would not discuss the redundancies yesterday. "Anything we do with our staff is just between the company and the staff members concerned," he said.
But EPMU co-ordinator Ross Henderson told the Taranaki Daily News that the union should have been involved in the decision-making process.
"That's also one of the prerequisites that is contained in the collective employment agreement.
"We are just looking at the process that the company has embarked upon and whether or not the way that they've gone about it is fair and reasonable."
Mr Henderson said he didn't think the process had been fair and reasonable. "It looks to me as if there has been a degree of predetermination."
He said the staff were being made redundant because of a downturn in work and the review may be just "delaying the inevitable".
"I think it's still worth having a look at whether or not we can delay what they are proposing to do."
He said at the moment the company seemed to be reluctant to share information about the assessment criteria.
One of the workers, who is facing losing his job after six years with the company, said he and many other staff had lost all respect for the company.
"Most of them are looking for another job, most of them are trying to leave," the man, who would not be named, said.
Another worker, who would not be named, said the job losses were expected because of a lack of work but he didn't expect them until next year.
"We're lucky to have had what we've had but it's coming to an end," he said.
In June the Taranaki Daily News revealed Fitzroy Yachts founder Peter White-Robinson may have sold the business to a Vanuatu-registered company.
The Government's Companies Office website show in June White-Robinson and White-Robinson Holdings Ltd were removed as shareholders of the company.
A company registered in Vanuatu, Fitzroy Yachts Holding Ltd, is now the single shareholder.
Rodney Martin, of Oakura, is now the only listed director of the company.
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