ANOTHER 25 jobs will go at Lavington factory DSI Holdings, as management calls for voluntary redundancies.
The extra job cuts came less than 24 hours after staff at the struggling gearbox manufacturer were told 42 fixed-term and casual positions would be immediately axed.
The latest hit on what was the Border’s biggest employer, reduces the workforce to 142.
But, on a brighter note for those still there, the company is likely to continue to operate beyond October next year. That’s when the plant was expected to close altogether.
Australian Manufacturing Workers official Sean Morgan said he would discuss the voluntary redundancy process with management today.
He said while he had been expecting more redundancies after the first round was announced on Wednesday, yesterday’s news was “still a kick in the head”.
“I had hoped the company would have carried them until Christmas but we knew more job losses were inevitable,” he said.
While the 25 permanent jobs would be cut across the whole DSI group, Mr Morgan said he expected “the majority would come from the floor at Albury”.
“From past experience, we have made up the majority of job losses,” he said.
“It’s disappointing but all I’m concerned about now is making sure the process is conducted in a fair manner.”
He said the good news was management had said operations would continue past October next year, when its contract to supply gearboxes to South Korean car company SsangYong runs out.
While no new contracts had been secured, Mr Morgan said DSI’s Chinese owners, Geely Automotive, had since said Albury would continue to make rear transmissions.
“You’ve got to take some positive from it,” Mr Morgan said.
“What concerns me is that, at the end of the day, there’ll be at least 65 people in the district who are unemployed, and it’s tough to find work out there.”