FIREFIGHT: Kyogle firefighter Peter Jones fought fire at the fac- tory where he is also employed as a forklift driver.
FIREFIGHT: Kyogle firefighter Peter Jones fought fire at the fac- tory where he is also employed as a forklift driver.

Fortnight?s pay is a lifeline



Management gives workers a two-week reprieve ALL permanent Norply staff will be given two weeks' pay while they seek alternative employment, workers were told at a meeting in Kyogle last night.

More than 130 workers gathered to find out their fate after their place of employment went up in flames on Thursday night.

General Manager Peter Wintour said it was the board of management's decision to give the company's workers the lifeline.

Norply's 'small number' of casual workers will not receive any payments.

Mr Wintour said that in a best-case scenario, with insurance money coming through quickly, Norply could have a new facility up and running in about 12 months.

However, the building was still on fire last night and there was no way insurance assessors could examine the damage until the site was declared safe.

He said the quick reconstruction of the business also depended on the availability of specialist machinery.

The company had no idea how the fire started, he said.

They would have to wait till a forensic team went in and found out.

Casino's Peter Latta, who worked at the factory for four years, said he was grateful that Norply was giving them some time to find new jobs.

"It sucks, but Norply have been great," he said.

"The community response has been unbelievable as well."



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