Bakery closes, but workers get some dough

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Bakery closes, but workers get some dough

The Goodman Fielder bakery in Wodonga, Victoria, will close in April, with the loss of 44 jobs.

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The Goodman Fielder bakery in Wodonga, Victoria, will close in April, with the loss of 44 jobs.

The Border Mail reports today that the staff were told yesterday the former Sunicrust factory, built 35 years ago, was not economically worth saving. Its production of Mighty Soft brand loaves will cease but six staff will remain at the site to run it as a distribution depot.

Instead, bread freighted from Melbourne daily will be distributed locally.

Australian Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union lead organiser for manufacturing, Peter McNeill, said the union was 'absolutely disgusted with the way they've done this'.

Workers 'shocked'

'Goodman Fielder is supposed to discuss possible changes with the union and workers, but in this case they shocked our members this morning and the delegates told the union later,' he said.

A company spokesman in Melbourne confirmed 44 jobs would go in Wodonga in production and administration and a further 22 at Mildura, where bread production would also cease.

He said the company would seek to redeploy staff either in other branches or with customers or suppliers, or they could access redundancy packages. It is believed the bakery's redundancy arrangements provide four weeks pay for each year of service, but are capped at 64 weeks.

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