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PMP axes Victorian directories division

Thursday, 27 April 2006
By Print21

PMP will consolidate production on the entire Telstra catalogue over to its plant in Chullora, Sydney, which will now be responsible for printing all 30 million White and Yellow Pages directories every year until 2009.

The changes will be effective from 1 July 2006, and PMP claims the Chullora site was chosen as the primary production facility for the Sensis contract because it was purpose built for directories printing.

Brian Evans, CEO of PMP, says the decision to shift the entire directories contract over to the Sydney plant is the result of the company working closely with Sensis over the past several years.

“The first step was to consolidate all the Sensis Yellow and White Pages printing with PMP, which was achieved in 2004,” says Evans.

“This next step to consolidate all directory printing at Chullora is essential for PMP to optimise our directories operation and continue to meet our customers needs in a competitive marketplace. Importantly, this will allow PMP to retain all our directories work.”

The changes will result in the loss of 90 jobs at Clayton. The plant will continue to operate after July, and is slated by PMP to produce magazines, advertising catalogues and other commercial web printing.

Steve Walsh, assistant national secretary for printing, at AMWU, describes the development as a “bittersweet” decision, for while it guarantees PMP will retain the Sensis contract it will also result in substantial job losses.

“It hasn’t come as a shock to the union, but it’s always unfortunate when people who have provided loyal service for many years lose their jobs through no fault of their own, but merely as a result of corporations choosing to merge and downsize their operations,” says Walsh.

“We regret the loss of jobs in Victoria, but we welcome the fact that the printing of the Sensis directories will remain in Australia. This is a positive move for the printing industry.”

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