Around 70 Blue Star Canberra staff sacked in Opus deal

Blue Star laid off about 70 workers after its Canberra business was rolled up by Opus firm Canprint.

Blue Star managing director Geoff Selig told ProPrint: "We do feel for the people who have come out the end of this without a job and acknowledge their commitment to Blue Star for a number of years.

"When we jointly announced it, it was made clear to the Opus team and Blue Star team that there would not be roles for everybody. Opus have been through the process of decision-making and who they felt they needed and they've made the final call."

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Opus chief executive Cliff Brigstoke confirmed that Canprint had offered work to 15 Blue Star employees, mainly in production.

"The recent wave of industry consolidation based on overcapacity is unfortunate, but the reality is that it has limited the number of jobs we can offer at this stage," he told ProPrint.

"It is our desire to hire more once we see the Canberra market return to growth.

"Opus Group continues to be focused on servicing its customer base across the region with its facilities in Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Maryborough, Canberra and Auckland," said Brigstocke.

[Related: More news about Opus Group]

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