17 July 2014
36 job losses proposed at Buckley Systems
The high dollar has claimed more jobs in New Zealand’s manufacturing sector with Buckley System’s announcement today that 36 jobs may have to go at its Mt Wellington site.
“This is really sad news, but unfortunately it’s not unexpected,” says Ahlene McKee, EPMU lead organiser. “With a drop in orders and the exchange rate continuing to punishing Kiwi manufacturers, the company is having to make some hard decisions.
“For years now we’ve been calling on government to take serious action to bring down our over-inflated dollar and support well-paid, highly-skilled jobs in manufacturing. But they’ve done nothing.
“Now, we’re going to work with Buckley to save as many jobs as possible and help our members through this difficult time.”
EPMU members at Buckley will be entitled to redundancy compensation as part of their collective agreement.