Full-time jobs cut but no forced redundancies at Blayney’s Nestlé plant

CUT BACKS: The Nestlé Purina Petcare factory in Blayney will lose a further eight full-time staff. Photo: BLAYNEY CHRONICLE
CUT BACKS: The Nestlé Purina Petcare factory in Blayney will lose a further eight full-time staff. Photo: BLAYNEY CHRONICLE

Fourteen positions at the Nestlé Purina Petcare factory in Blayney have been made redundant following a restructure of both wage and salary positions at the site.

Documents show what Nestlé has labeled a ‘lean mapping exercise’ was held at the site in June and July.

The focuses of the review was all indirect roles [not directly involved in running a machine], the elimination of non-value adding activities, and minimising expensive activities.

Prior to the review the company had performed a similar review within their salaried roles, resulting in six positions becoming redundant.

Head of corporate and external relations Margaret Stuart said it was important the business run efficiently and remains competitive.

All affected staff will be offered a generous redundancy package and access to outplacement services.

Nestlé Purina Petcare head of corporate and external relations Margaret Stuart

“For this reason, we constantly look for more efficient and effective ways to run our operations,” she said.

Following the restructure a further eight positions have become redundant, and a spokesman for the National Union of Workers said it was making several claims on behalf of local workers, and was waiting for the company’s formal response.

“The NUW NSW is currently in discussions with Nestlé regarding their proposed staff restructure at the Blayney facility,” he said.

Mrs Stuart said the company hoped to achieve the reduction through voluntary redundancies.

“All affected staff will be offered a generous redundancy package and access to outplacement services,” she said.

“It’s important to note that there will be no forced redundancies.”

Mrs Stuart added Nestlé was working with the NUW on the redundancy process.

“For this reason, we have not yet formally called for expressions of interest from people who are interested in taking voluntary redundancy,” she said.

In 2014 Nestlé unveiled a $65 million upgrade to its Blayney site, which it claimed would extend the capabilities of the plant and create around 100 additional full-time jobs. It followed a $31 million upgrade which commenced in 2011.

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