8 May 2013

Job tipped to go at electronics manufacturer

10:31 pm on 8 May 2013

A major electronics manufacturer has confirmed the future of 70 workers roles are in doubt as it refocuses its operations.

Christchurch-based Tait Communications said it has begun consultation with staff following a review of the business and is likely to have more information about employees' future at the end of May.

The company employs over 900 people globally, with more than 700 based in Christchurch.

Corporate communications manager Martin Deakin said on Wednesday most of the roles affected would be in Christchurch and could come from all areas of the company.

"This is a difficult period for our employees and we're doing everything we can to support them through it.

"It's not really appropriate to try and second guess what might be the result because, obviously, the whole point of a consultation process is to be fair and transparent with our employees and figure out how best to move forward."

Tait Communications, which turns over more than $178 million a year, said it is committed to staying in Christchurch and will go ahead with plans for a new multimillion-dollar campus in the city funded by the Tait Foundation.