IT IS believed five workers at the Woolworths distribution centre in Devonport will be jobless when the centre closes on May 6.
Yesterday The Advocate was told six workers from the centre were transferred to the new $100million distribution centre that is operational in Launceston and one to BWS, while the remaining five workers had opted for a redundancy.
The doors closed at the Hobart distribution centre last Saturday as part of the centralisation of the centre in Launceston, with 29 workers taking redundancy and eight transferred elsewhere.
“About three years ago we announced that Statewide Independent Wholesalers, of whom we are a partner, were building a new state-of-the-art distribution centre in Launceston,” Woolworths spokesperson Clare Buchanan said.
The new depot will employ more than 100 people.
Ms Buchanan said Woolworths had worked hard to look at all redeployment opportunities, not just within Tasmania but nationally.
“We also gave people the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks working in a store environment to see if it suited them.”
National Union of Workers organiser Jill Batt said jobs were hard to come by in Tasmania and there was always a roll-on effect to the community with decisions like this.
“Fortunately workers have received their redundancy entitlements, but the question for many of those workers is `where will I find work now?”‘ she said.
Ms Batt said while some workers had chosen to move to Launceston to work at the new site, for many with families, homes and other commitments, it was not an option.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.