MURRAY Goulburn Co-operative has axed a combined 46 jobs at its Kiewa and Cobram factories.
The dairy giant yesterday announced a total of 72 positions across its processing facilities would be no longer required, "as a result of its ongoing commitment to improving efficiency, productivity and cost competitiveness".
The job cuts are made up of 38 positions at Cobram, eight at Kiewa, 15 at Leongatha; four at Edith Creek, four at Rochester and three at Koroit.
These changes are expected to take effect in late September to early October.
The cuts follow a round of redundancies in June last year, when a combined 59 jobs were shedded at the Cobram and Kiewa sites.
Murray Goulburn said staff affected have been informed of the changes and advised that where possible, the Co-operative has sought to minimise the impact on its people by looking first to natural attrition, contract and casual positions and then voluntary redundancies.
“We recognise that these changes are very difficult for those impacted and we are doing everything we can to support affected staff at this time," Murray Goulburn general manager of operations Keith Mentiplay said.
“All affected staff will receive their full entitlements and will receive additional support with outplacement, career transitioning services, financial advice and counselling.
“While these decisions are challenging, they are necessary to ensure MG remains competitive.
"It is in the best interests of our supplier/shareholders, employees, communities, customers and consumers that MG remains a strong business, able to compete globally and deliver higher farmgate prices."