26 January 2006
Redundancies show need for high level strategy in manufacturing sector
The Council of Trade Unions says this week's redundancy announcements highlight the need for high level, strategic engagement between unions, employers and Government to tackle the employment and industry development issues facing the manufacturing sector.
"An investment approach is needed to deliver the "high road" based on quality, high wages, high skills, modern technology, high levels of productivity and excellent infrastructure in New Zealand's manufacturing sector," said Ross Wilson, Council of Trade Unions President.
"Government, unions and business are already working through these issues in some industry sectors, but there is a need for a higher level discussion around the future of manufacturing in New Zealand."
"This week's redundancies also serve as a reminder not to talk up the benefits of a Free Trade Agreement with China," said Ross Wilson. "While some will argue the benefits in a FTA for New Zealand agricultural exporters, the effects on the 300,000 workers employed in the manufacturing industries could be devastating."
"The CTU is also looking forward to the outcomes of the Buy Kiwi-Made campaign, a part of the Labour - Green Party cooperation agreement," said Ross Wilson.