Philip Morris cuts Australian workforce

philip-morrisTobacco global giant Philip Morris has announced its plans to slash its Australian workforce, with up to 150 jobs across the nation on the chopping block.

The cuts will mainly affect sales representatives, but the company hopes to transfer some of the 150 staff into other roles, according to AAP.

“This decision was taken only after a rigorous assessment of the current operating environment in Australia,” said Tammy Chan, Philip Morris managing director for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in a statement.

AAP said Philip Morris put Tuesday’s announcement down to a changing retail landscape which didn’t require as many boots on the ground.

“We will treat all affected employees with dignity and the utmost respect throughout the process. This includes generous compensation packages and career transition support. The tobacco industry in Australia remains highly competitive and we will continue to maintain a strong presence across the country, as we have for more than 60 years,” added Chan.

In 2014, the tobacco firm cut about 180 jobs when it moved its Moorabbin cigarette factory, in Melbourne’s southeast, to South Korea.

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