DEVELOPMENT: W.E. Smith chief executive William VanVliet has penned a letter to employees that the company is planning to temporarily shut down the company’s operations.
DEVELOPMENT: W.E. Smith chief executive William VanVliet has penned a letter to employees that the company is planning to temporarily shut down the company’s operations. Trevor Veale

W.E. Smith forced into temporary shut down

W.E. Smith are planning to implement a 'partial shut down' of their operations from March 7 for an estimated eight weeks according to a letter sent by the company to its employees.

During this time, workers have been urged to take accrued leave or leave without pay.

In a letter by company chief executive William VanVliet, W.E. Smith management said they are planning to 'implement a partial shut down of the factory from the month of March (unless sufficient staff members volunteer to take unpaid leave)'.

The move comes after the company's management this week met with the Fair Work Ombudsman, who issued them with a formal letter of Compliance Notice giving the company a deadline of March 4 to repay outstanding amounts owed to workers.

Mr Van Vliet urged employees to work together to the company 'a fair chance' in the coming month to save the engineering firm.

W.E. Smith management and the union will be meeting again next Tuesday.