Assistance package for Coles Myer workers facing redundancy

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Assistance package for Coles Myer workers facing redundancy

The Federal Government today announced an assistance package for the soon to be retrenched workers at the Coles Myers distribution centres at Hampton Park Centre in South-East Melbourne and Somersby on the Central Coast of NSW.

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The Federal Government today announced an assistance package for the soon to be retrenched workers at the Coles Myers distribution centres at Hampton Park Centre in South-East Melbourne and Somersby on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Kevin Andrews, said the package will provide immediate access to up to $4000 in employment assistance to help the workers to quickly find alternative employment.

Planned measures

Andrews said all affected workers will be eligible for employment services, delivered by Job Network, to assist them to find suitable employment, including:

  • immediate access to retraining;
  • job search training and advice;
  • counselling;
  • access to vacancies;
  • equipment and assistance; and
  • access to the Job Seeker Account - with an extra supplement of $450 for each worker.

Andrews said the Government, through Job Network members, will also provide wage subsidies of up to $1960 to local employers who offer affected workers a job.

Relocation expenses

It will also assist with relocation expenses for affected workers who want to take up a full time job in a new location. Andrews said the workers will also be able to receive self employment assistance if they want to start their own business (under the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme - NEIS).

There will be some additional small business training available for affected workers if they wish to establish a small business, but where the business does not meet NEIS eligibility criteria.

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