5 Oct 2011

Kiwifruit staff put hands up for redundancy

7:15 pm on 5 October 2011

New Zealand's largest kiwifruit grower and post-harvest operator says it has accepted 37 applications for voluntary redundancy.

Seeka chief executive Michael Franks says the company received 54 applications after asking 235 permanent employees based in Te Puke whether they were interested in taking up the offer.

Mr Franks says 13 applications were declined because the company needs the roles to be filled.

He says the PSA-V vine disease has the potential to seriously reduce Seeka's income and the latest move ensures that it is prepared for what happens.

Seeka is still working through four voluntary redundancy applications.