VICTORIA International Container Terminal has announced a series of changes to its business in light of “challenging business prospects” for the 2020 third quarter.

Roles that have been made redundant are those of general counsel – head of strategy, general manager operations, customer service manager, human resources and industrial relations manager, PR and communications officer and accounts payable improvement manager.

Meanwhile three senior executives are joining the CEO and CFO in a new five-person executive, with Jon Wheeler becoming chief operating officer, Leissa Pitt becoming chief health, safety, security and environment officer and Patrick Chan becoming chief commercial officer.

Two new roles have been created, with Kayla Harris to manage employment and administration and Paul Cudmore to manage labour despatch including rostering and training.

Industry veteran Mick O’Leary is said to be taking “a step back” from management, the former MUA organiser instead focusing on industrial relations.

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The company is to also contract and train four level-1 STS automation coordinators, one AEC, one level-3 shift manager and 20 casual workers for lashing and securing.

In a letter to staff, chief executive Tim Vancampen thanked those leaving the company and welcomed the new arrivals.

“We would like to point out that the leaner management structure and increased availability of highly-skilled labour is aimed at improving safety, cost efficiency and productivity of our operations and maintenance in order to provide better service for our customers, returns for our shareholders and sustainable employment for our employees,” Mr Vancampen said.

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