Seafood giant to shed over 300 jobs – Fishupdate.com

Seafood giant to shed over 300 jobs Published:  21 May, 2008

NEW Zealand company Sealord has announced the loss of over 300 jobs at its Greenshell mussel factory in Nelson, New Zealand.

According to Stuff.co.nz, on Monday afternoon Sealord announced proposals to change its production practices at its Greenshell mussel factory in Nelson, leading in a reduction of jobs from 380 to 57.

A consultation process is under way that is expected to take several weeks and the final number of job losses is only likely to be known then.

A statement from Sealord said that if the plan went as currently proposed, the company would make 60 permanent and 90 temporary positions available for affected staff at its other Nelson plant.

Sealord’s move is said to be a result of a company proposal to cease product of “half shell” mussels and focus on producing high-quality mussel without shell.

Chief executive Graham Stuart said the cost of producing half shell mussel was not competitive or sustainable and the plant had been making losses for some time. The company would be doing “everything in our powers” to help staff through the changes.

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