Double whammy for mill workers

Wednesday 12 Feb 2020

Workers at Carter Holt Harvey's Whangarei sawmill are "disappointed" with the company's announcement confirming the mill's closure, union representatives say.

On Monday, 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.

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.

Log exports to China have slowed and forestry workers around the country have downed tools, due to fears of coronavirus spreading. The mill's closure would impact 111 jobs, plus up to 40 sub-contractors, Davis said. But he had faith the workers, who had much- needed skills, would be able to find new jobs.

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