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Pork Group Bids to Stop Plant Closure

22 January 2014

NEW ZEALAND - A group of interested parties from the pork industry might be the last hope for 125 Frankton workers faced with losing their jobs.

According to Stuff.co.nz, two weeks ago, Australasian company Goodman Fielder announced it had accepted the proposed $17 million sale of its meat business to Hellers, a South Island-based company.

In an announcement made simultaneously to the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges, Goodman Fielder said all 125 jobs at its Frankton factory would go as part of the deal.

The sale was contingent upon a consultation process with staff, due to end tomorrow.

However, the report says that FIRST Union general secretary Robert Reid outlined details of a bank-backed bid from a "coalition of interests from pig farming and the pig farming industry" to a meeting of city leaders called to look at options for keeping the factory open.

Mr Reid said he was contacted by a representative of the bidder recently who was "concerned at the demise of the plant" the report says.

Labour list MP Sue Moroney, who convened the meeting of city leaders, said she would seek a meeting with Goodman Fielder to discuss the bid, and any options it raised for keeping the factory open.

She said representatives from the Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton City Council and a National MP would also be a part of the group seeking assurance from the company it would consider the new bid.

National Party MP for Hamilton West Tim Macindoe said he was open to being part of the group if there was a realistic chance it would keep the factory open, the report says.

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