Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Macpac shutdown a call for Govt to wake up

25 July, 2003
Macpac shutdown a call for Govt to wake up

Green Party Co-leader Rod Donald said today he Government was failing domestic manufacturers following the closure of the Macpac manufacturing operation in Christchurch with the loss of 150 jobs.

"The decision by Macpac to close its doors and put 150 people out of work was worse than sad," said Mr Donald. "It highlights the failure of the Government to protect domestic manufacturers and their staff.

"I reluctantly accept that Macpac had no choice but to lay off 150 staff and shift production offshore because the alternative was bankruptcy.

"The Government has to decide whose side it is on: New Zealand manufacturers and workers or importers and foreign financial speculators.

"The inflated value of the New Zealand dollar, pushed up by excessive interest rates, has benefited foreign investors at the expense of New Zealand manufacturers and exporters.

"On top of that, local manufacturers face unfair competition because they have to pay proper wages and meet acceptable labour and environmental standards whereas their competitors are able to import products made in sweatshop conditions," said Mr Donald.

He added that this situation called for the need to maintain existing tariffs on textiles, clothing and footwear at the very least.

"Trade Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton would do more to help the New Zealand economy if he campaigned for international labour, humanitarian and environmental standards to be enforced in countries like China than trying to force other countries to open their markets to our exports.

"New Zealand and the world desperately needs trade that is based on fairness rather than exploitation. Macpac's decision demonstrates that we are still going in the wrong direction.

"The immediate casualties are 150 New Zealand workers and the underpaid and exploited Asian staff who will replace them," said Mr Donald.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>


Growing The Regions: Provincial Growth Fund Open For Business

The new $1 billion per annum Provincial Growth Fund has been officially launched in Gisborne today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. ... More>>


22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>


Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>


EQC Shakeup: Chair Of Earthquake Commission Has Resigned

The Chair of the Earthquake Commission, Sir Maarten Wevers, has resigned following receipt of a letter from Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Dr Megan Woods expressing her displeasure with the performance of the Commission ... More>>


NZer Of the Year: Gender Pay Equity Activist, Kristine Bartlett – A Brilliant Choice

National Council of Women (NCWNZ) CEO and Gender Equal NZ Spokesperson, Dr Gill Greer says she’s delighted with news that equal pay champion, Kristine Bartlett, has been named New Zealander of the Year . More>>


Perceived Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>


Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>





Featured InfoPages