60 job losses in Thames
Moves are afoot to help up to 60 workers laid off after a Thames sawmill went into receivership.
The job losses at Southern Cross Forest Products were announced yesterday.
The plant has been in receivership since March after the operation was sold to Profiles Woodproducts Ltd, receivers KordaMentha said.
A spokesperson for the receivers said Profiles Woodproducts was planning to reduce the current two shifts to one, resulting in the loss of up to 60 jobs.
Thames-Coromandel Mayor Glenn Leach said the restructure would affect the community.
"It's distressing whether there are 10, 20 or 30 job losses," Leach said.
"The town will survive, however the main impact will be on the workers and their families."
The council has offered the services of its community development officer to liaise with staff to ensure they have as smooth a transition as possible.
"The council will support the families affected by this. The individual families are most important."