The union representing postal and logistics members, the EPMU, is disappointed that Christchurch is losing 40 jobs at a time when the region's economy is struggling.
The 40 warehouse jobs at Contract Logistics, a division of Express Couriers Limited (ECL), are moving north after the company lost a Postie Plus warehousing and distribution contract to an Auckland-based firm. Contract Logistics had held the contract for the last five years and was running a dedicated warehouse operation in Christchurch for Postie Plus.
"We know how hard it is for Christchurch people currently and the news that they are to lose 40 jobs is a real blow," says Anna Kenny, EPMU National Postal and Logistics Organiser. "I would have thought that Postie Plus would have shown more commitment to maintaining its connection with Christchurch at this time."
Contract Logistics has said it will attempt to redeploy as many of the warehouse staff as possible, but expects that there will be some redundancies. EPMU members have negotiated a collective agreement with Contract Logistics providing redundancy entitlements.
"The EPMU will be working closely with our affected members and the company to get the best outcomes for members given the circumstances," says Anna Kenny.