Fourteen positions at the Nestle Purina PetCare factory in Blayney have been made redundant following a restructure of both wage and salary positions at the site.
Documents received by the Blayney Chronicle show what Nestle has called a ‘lean mapping exercise’ was held at the site in June and July.
The focus 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 Nestlé Purina Petcare business run efficiently and remains competitive.
“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 the union 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 Nestle regarding their proposed staff restructure at the Blayney facility,” he said.
Mrs Stuart said that Nestle hoped to achieve the reduction through voluntary redundancies.
“All affected staff will be offered a generous redundancy package and access to outplacement services. It’s important to note that there will be no forced redundancies.”
Mrs Stuart added that the company 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.