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

 


Maori Party Concerned By Air NZ Job Losses

Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party

19 October 2005

As the new Government celebrated the swearing in of its Ministers at Government House, unionists were reeling at the devastating announcements of mass job losses with Air New Zealand.

"This will be the first test for the Labour-led Government" stated Tariana Turia.

"The Labour Party has grown out of the union movement. Given the massive support of the unions over the years I am sure there will be an expectation for the Government to intervene, particularly as it is a majority shareholder in Air New Zealand".

"There will be many workers that are shell-shocked at the impact of a loss of such scale, and will be expecting the Government to provide immediate support".

"The tragic irony can not escape us that as the Combined Trade Unions ended its biennial conference in Wellington, Air New Zealand was announcing cuts of 600 jobs from a highly skilled, specialist workforce".

"All New Zealanders will feel the impact of this decision, as 600 families are laid off, in preference for cheaper workers in Asia and Europe".

"There are huge questions to be asked about :

* the decision to turn to the global market rather than retaining local expertise;

* what impact this decision will have on safety and standards of aircraft maintenance; and

* why Air New Zealand - and its majority shareholder - have allowed the company to get to such a state that it expects profit to fall by more than half in the 2006 year" said Mrs Turia.

"The Maori Party will be taking these issues up with the Government as a matter of urgency".

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news