CHH closes Whangārei sawmill

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CHH Timber chief executive Clayton Harris confirmed a final decision had been made to close the mill, with the loss of 111 jobs, after consultation started in January. Workers at Carter Holt Harvey’s Whangārei mill are “disappointed” with the company’s announcement confirming the mill’s closure, union representatives say.

The closure was disappointing and a “double-whammy” for the industry which is already under stress from coronavirus, said Northern Amalgamated Workers Union secretary Maurice Davis. The mill’s closure would impact 111 jobs, plus up to 40 sub-contractors, Davis said.

Davis said the union was working hard to find work opportunities for all the employees, which may mean having to travel to north Auckland. Carter Holt Harvey would also pay workers a “reasonable” redundancy, as per their collective agreement, he said. Harris said the mill would continue to operate until early April, with staff finishing progressively over several weeks.


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