200 jobs lost in Woolston closure

03:20, Nov 08 2013
Independent Fisheries Woolston workers
DEVASTATED: Independent Fisheries told workers it was closing its Woolston factory.

The jobs of 200 Christchurch workers will go after a fisheries plant announced it will close.

Independent Fisheries management today told staff that, after weeks of speculation, its Woolston processing plant will close.

The plant will officially close on December 18.

Independent Fisheries Woolston workers
JOB CUTS: Independent Fisheries will axe 200 jobs in Woolston.

The fishing company has been looking at closing the factory after losing sales to Asian competitors in its export markets.

Service and Food Workers Union spokesman Ian Hodgetts had previously said he would remain hopeful until the announcement, even though ''things aren't looking good''.

''It is a very difficult time for everyone, and a difficult decision for the company to make,'' he said.

Matt Broughton Woolston Fisheries
IN LIMBO: Matt Broughton, a long-time employee of Independant Fisheries.

Hodgetts said the union, local councillors and Labour MPs had discussed the situation with the company throughout the consultation process, and closing the factory would be devastating for workers.

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