Nothing merry for abattoir workers

EIGHTY workers from the South Grafton abattoir had their last day of paid work yesterday, less than three weeks before Christmas.

North Coast rapid response team co-ordinator Christine Pauling said the workers retrenched yesterday were in addition to 20 last week and a further 20 the week before.

Ms Pauling, whose role finished yesterday after five weeks, said Centrelink would host an information session from 9am-4pm today at the Grafton Community Centre for those who had lost their jobs and those who might only have a short time left.

"Centrelink is running a full day and will have people from Medicare, Family Support, Legal Aid; all of the job services agencies will be there and they will have a whole lot of staff just to deal with the retrenchments," she said.

Ms Pauling said 50 of the former South Grafton workers had taken positions with the Casino abattoir.

She said that through the assistance of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, two had been accepted into apprenticeships and about 15 others had part-time work.


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