On January 31 Summit Wool Spinners announced the closure of its Oamaru mill with the loss of 192 jobs.
“It’s the most ridiculous idea I’ve heard” said one laundry worker at Wellington hospital about the news that District Health Board wanted to close the laundry, with the loss of up to 40 jobs.
The long-term future of the Summit Wool Spinners plant in Oamaru will not be known until May at the earliest, with new owners Godfrey Hirst employing 61 workers in the interim.
An opposition inquiry into manufacturing has heard from workers who fear for their future in the sector.
This week is Summit Wool Spinners' final week of operation. Workers are finishing this week, and await decisions from Godfrey Hirst owned Canterbury Spinners on the future of the plant.
First Union textiles secretary Paul Watson said both (Waitaki Mayor) Mr Familton and the union had been in contact with the ministry to seek funding for an additional support programme.
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