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

 


Time for National to wake up to the crisis in manufacturing

6 November 2012

Time for National to wake up to the crisis in manufacturing

The latest dire jobs numbers mean the National Government can no longer ignore the crisis in manufacturing arising from its failed economic management, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

The number of filled jobs in manufacturing has fallen to the lowest in at least 23 years in the latest Quarterly Employment Survey. There were 185,200 manufacturing jobs in the September quarter, down 5,700 on a year ago and the lowest number since the Quarterly Employment Survey began in 1989.

“The number of jobs in manufacturing has fallen to a record low; National needs to wake up to the crisis in manufacturing,” said Dr Norman.

“This country’s manufacturing capability is rapidly disappearing in the face of the high dollar and National’s failed economic agenda. Exporters and import-competing manufacturers cannot survive in New Zealand under these conditions.

“The loss of another 60 high-skill, high-wage jobs as Rakon moves its production to China and India is another blow to the New Zealand economy. It is hi-tech manufacturing jobs like these that New Zealand needs to pay its way in the world and lift its standard of living.

“We cannot go on losing manufacturers and the well-paid jobs that they create overseas. If we do, we will become more indebted and poorer, and our assets will be sold offshore as we try to fund our extraordinarily large current account deficit.

“New Zealand needs bold policies to tackle the over-valued exchange rate, boost manufacturing, and get New Zealand working again.

“That is why the Greens have proposed a monetary policy package to get the dollar down to a fair level, and why we have joined with other parties in launching the Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.

“We can save manufacturing and get New Zealand working again, but not with National’s failed economic policies,” said Dr Norman.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Greens Proposal To Gradually Lift The Minimum Wage

Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to announce.

The minimum wage boost – by 75 cents an hour to $15 in December, and then by gradual annual increments to $18 an hour by 2017 – that the Greens are talking about is just one part of a packet of employment measures that would include scrapping youth rates and the 90 day trial period, introducing a redundancy package of four weeks, offsetting any abatement effect of the policy package for those receiving Working For Families, and finally… ditching the exception made by the government (during the Hobbit negotiations) for workers in the screen industry, which denies them normal workplace safeguards and entitlements. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

2014 General Election: Voting Period Begins

The first votes for the 2014 general election will be cast today, Wednesday 3 September, as advance voting begins ahead of election day on Saturday 20 September. More>>

ALSO:

Two Dead, One Injured: Suspect Charged After Ashburton Shooting

Russell John Tully has appeared in Christchurch District Court. Tully has been remanded in custody on charges of murder of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland and attempted murder of Lindy Curtis. More>>

ALSO:

John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

ALSO:

Internet MANA: Georgina Beyer Rocks The Waka

“There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority of MANA members and supporters around the country” states MANA Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Update: Inquiry Into Release Of NZSIS Information

The Inquiry would be conducted in private and individuals would appear before her separately over a period of more than a week. She does not intend to name those summoned to give evidence until her report is published. “I can confirm that all persons summoned will be required to appear under oath...” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

ALSO:

Maori Council Lawyers' Statement: Supreme Court Decision On Maori Water Rights

“…the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead… the Supreme Court has questioned whether the Crown owns the River at all.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news