Rescue Package Announced For Workers

Rescue Package Announced For Workers

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman

Support Services Available For Challenge Employees

Victor P Taffa

Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said today Support Services, including a Workers’ Assistance Centre in Capel, would be available for Employees of Challenge Australian Dairy (CAD).

Mr. Redman said the announcement by receivers to dismiss 20 employees today from CAD’s Capel and Boyanup Plants was an unfortunate development for Employees and the Community.

CAD’s Capel Plant Produces Cheese, Yoghurt and Whey Powder and its Boyanup Plant Processes and Packages Drinking Milk, Butter and Milk Powder.

The Minister said an Across-Government Plan to assist employees had been developed.

“The Department of Agriculture and Food has been liaising with a number of State and Federal government agencies, including Centrelink, to help ensure services are in place to assist those affected.” Mr. Redman said.

“Retrenched employees will have access to worker’s assistance information in Capel including employment opportunities, re-training and other personal support and counselling services.”

A helpdesk will be open at The Titanium Room, Capel Community Centre, Roe Road, Capel tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm and on Friday from 10 am to noon.

Impacted employees can also access information on support services from Centrelink on 13 28 50 or the State Government’s 24-hour free call WA Worker Assist helpline on 1800 200 680.

Dairy producers who require assistance can contact the department on 1300 725 572.

It is understood that milk will continue to be picked up for processing and sale to existing Challenge Dairy Cooperative (CDC) customers.