$50,000 to kick-start Norply fund
AN APPEAL to help Norply workers has been given the go-ahead and will be officially launched by Kyogle Council and the Kyogle Chamber of Commerce today.
Kyogle mayor Ernie Bennett said council would contribute $50,000 to the Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Fund after advertising the donation for the 28 days.
Norply was the town's biggest employer and 140 workers lost their jobs when the factory was destroyed by fire last week.
However, the appeal launch was announced as the council was accused of making three of its employees redundant and having more concern for Norply workers than its own.
The United Services' Union (USU) claimed that three bridge maintenance workers had been made redundant and called for the Kyogle Council to reverse its decision.
However, council general manager Ken Davies denied the union's accusations.
Mr Davies said a new bridge maintenance facility was being established in Woodenbong and workers previously attached to the Kyogle works depot had been offered transfers.
He said three employees had not accepted a transfer and had not been made redundant as claimed by the USU.
As a result, other employees with similar skills were being offered voluntary redundancies and the three bridge maintenance workers would be eligible to fill the vacancies.
The matter will come before the Industrial Commission in Sydney in October.
Donations to the Kyogle Emergency Disaster Relief Fund will be accepted at any branch of the ANZ Bank or the Summerland Credit Union.