|Issue No 62||14 July 2000|
Orange Rally Softens Email Job Losses
Orange workers are crediting last week's rally with forcing Email management to come clean with their plans to shed ten per cent of the workforce and averting further job losses.
AWU state secretary Russ Collison says that last week's action had pressured the company, who accounts for 35 per cent of the NSW central west town's economy, to defer plans to outsource some areas of its operations.
Email management has agreed to work with unions to discuss ways of averting any forced redundancies to meet the planned cut of 130 workers that it announced this week.
The bulk of the redundancies will come from the outsourcing of die manufacturing and the contracting out of maintenance jobs. Other cuts will occur amongst stores, quality control, gardening clerks, security guards and cleaners.
Management has also agreed to discuss a contractors' protocol and an agreement for wages and conditions of those contractors. And it is working with the unions to assist those who take voluntary redundancies in areas such as financial advice and employment options.
Collison says he's convinced that without last week's rally, where more than 3,000 people marched through Orange in support of the Email workers, there would have been even greater job losses.
He's thanked all unions that participated in the rally for their support f the workers of Orange.
Meanwhile, Email managing director Ralph Waters has written to the NSW Labor Council promising that workers will be kept informed of their status and that their entitlements will be protected.
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