200 jobs lost in Woolston closure

CECILE MEIER
Last updated 15:52 08/11/2013
Independent Fisheries Woolston workers
Iain McGregor

DEVASTATED: Independent Fisheries told workers it was closing its Woolston factory.

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

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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.

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.

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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