Deal pivots on Incitec decision
WORKERS are preparing for the worst as a review of Incitec Pivot’s Portland operation gets closer to being completed.
Incitec Pivot announced the review in January, looking at whether it would continue here or consolidate at its larger plant at Geelong.
About 30 people are employed directly at the manufacturing operation and others through labour hire companies.
The future of the Portland Primary Distribution Centre, which employs a further six people, is not part of the review.
A company spokesman said it expected the review to be completed by the end of this month at the earliest, but while a decision has yet to be made preparations have been going on should the operation be closed down.
Australian Workers Union organiser Rob Saunders said members were considering whether to accept a closure deal that had been worked out.
The deal was in two parts – the first being incentives for employees ahead of the closure, such as extra money for redundancies and not using up sick leave.
“That and an EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement) is being voted on this week (the electronic vote closes tonight),” Mr Saunders said.