Paper products staff await decision on 140 jobs

LOUISE RISK
Last updated 11:21 17/07/2012

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Nearly 150 Waikato workers will learn their fate this week when management at a Te Rapa factory reveal whether the company will pull the plug on up to three-quarters of its Hamilton operation.

SCA Hygiene Australasia - a multinational paper products manufacturer - informed its Te Rapa workforce in late March that as many as 140 of the 190 staff could lose their jobs as part of the firm's "strategic review" of its New Zealand operations.

The workers will learn tomorrow whether the proposal will be acted on.

SCA, which manufactures high-profile brands including Treasures, Purex and Handee, is understood to have 120 workers in its Te Rapa tissues department, 20 in the serviettes section and 50 in its nappies department.

One of the proposals would see the tissue and serviette production moved elsewhere, possibly to its Kawerau plant.

Site manager Matt Walton, who took the position five weeks ago when former site manager Mark Kennedy was promoted, said no details could be revealed yet because the company was "still in the consultation process".

Mr Walton was unwilling to comment on the morale of the staff at the plant.

SCA HYGIENE

A subsidiary of Sweden's Svenska Cellulosa AB

Produces tissue and personal hygiene products including Sorbent, Purex and Orchid toilet paper brands

Employs 1400 people across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji

About 190 employed at Te Rapa factory

Closed Auckland factory in 2009, citing $3.5m losses

Number of Kiwi SCA employees down from 622 in 2009 to 573 in 2010 

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- Waikato Times

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