ACL redundancy pledge

ACL workers will receive their full entitlements when the plant closes at the end of next month, the federal government and company receiver-managers have confirmed.

 The Examiner  was contacted by an employee this week who said there was concern at the Rocherlea factory that workers would not receive their full entitlements as promised.

The federal government has amended its Fair Entitlements Guarantee, previously known as the General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme, in the budget to a maximum redundancy payment of 16 weeks. The change will take effect on January 1.

Matt Byrnes, of receiver-manager Grant Thornton, said it was understood through discussions with the government that this change would not have an impact on  ACL employees.

``The redundancy safety net that the government provides is a maximum of four weeks per year of service and that is per the operational arrangements under GEERS for 2011,'' he said. ``That is what the ACL employees fall under and that hasn't changed.''

The company has been operating in receivership since August 2009 when 110 workers were cut from its workforce.

There are about 130 workers left at the plant, tasked to wind down operations until production permanently halts on June 30.

Mr Byrnes said the receivers had arranged for financial, job-seeking  and skills training advice to be given to workers over the past several months.

A spokesman for Employment Minister Eric Abetz said the department was in contact with the receiver in relation to a final wave of retrenchments.

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