the service and food workers union currently have a petition to protect the jobs of sealord workers. the company is planning to restructure, which will result in the loss of more than 160 processing jobs. the majority of these workers are women.
instead, the company is proposing to have about 50 jobs available for processing on trawlers. this will mean being away offshore for about 5-6 weeks, and it is unlikely that women with young children to care for will be able to take on such positions.
as the SFWU notes, this is a company that is forecasting a $20 million profit, and there is no immediate need to cut jobs in this way. they took part in the recent economic summit, where a key focus was on saving jobs.