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Meatworkers to get entitlements sooner
The liquidators of the Young abattoir say a bid to reclaim staff entitlements is being fast-tracked by the Federal Government.
The director of SV Partners, Tim Heesh, says he expects employees from the Burrangong meatworks will get some of the money owed to them in the next three weeks, rather than the initial estimate of two months.
A claim has been made through the Commonwealth's General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme (GEERS), which helps staff who have been laid off due to liquidation or bankruptcy.
Mr Heesh says the application is being prioritised.
"The reality is that the abattoir was a fairly significant employer in the town," he said.
"I'm sure that the Government recognises it's fairly important to try and support those employees that have been affected by this as quickly as possible."
Three-hundred staff were laid off three weeks ago when the meatworks was placed into receivership with debts of up to $23 million.
Mr Heesh says he is very confident, based on discussions the firm has had with the Federal Government.
"They have indicated that they are treating this as one of their highest priorities in the GEERS department, and we have every expectation that we will be receiving some funds from the Government within the next week or so, and we should be able to turn that around within a week ourselves," he said.