Jobs lost as Cobram abattoir closes permanently
Meat processor JBS has permanently closed the doors on its Cobram abattoir.
JBS announced a temporary shut down in April, at the time affecting 360 jobs. When the announcement was made this week, the number of staff still on the books was believed to be close to 200.
Moira Shire mayor Gary Cleveland said he was disappointed to learn the news.
“We are disappointed by the news and our thoughts are with the employees and their families," he said.
“JBS announced a temporary closure in April 2017. At that time this decision impacted 360 staff, many of whom were labour hire."
Cr Cleveland said JBS had given assurances that equipment had not been stripped from the plant and that the plant was not for sale.
In the meantime, Cr Cleveland the the rest of Moira Shire stqart the process of finding work for those made redundant this week.
"Of the salaried staff we understand some were made redundant, some retained and some redeployed," Cr Cleveland said.
"JBS has assured Council affected staff will be offered EAP counselling services and vocational assessments and will keep Council informed of future developments.
"We will work closely with JBS to identify, support and address the needs of their staff."
Cr Cleveland said there was cautious optimism for these workers to find a job, given recent expansions in the transport, renewable energy and horticulture industries.
"There have been some success recently with developments that are promising many new jobs so shocks like this can be absorbed and people can find alternative employment in Moira Shire," he said.