Australian Paper has said it is committed to discussing a possible worker transfer scheme with the State Government which would potentially create positions for Carter Holt Harvey employees at the company’s Maryvale Mill.
On Wednesday, the CHH general counsel Denver Simpson confirmed the company’s Morwell sawmill would close on 28 September.
Electrical Trades Union Gippsland branch
That scheme operates by offering workers at other generators early retirement to create positions for former Hazelwood employees.
Carter Holt Harvey said it would have to close the mill due to a lack of plantation pine from its supplier, Hancock Victoria Plantations.
Earlier this week
But today, Australian Paper senior marketing manager sustainability Craig Dunn told The Express that it “hasn’t been appropriate (to comment) while CHH has been consulting.”
“As a major employer in the Latrobe Valley we understand the importance of maintaining local jobs,” he said.
“We will work with (State) Government to keep the community updated on our progress.
“It is too early in the process to confirm a potential timeline.”