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

 


Economic sabotage costs 90 Hillside jobs

Clare
CURRAN
Dunedin South MP
David
CLARK
Dunedin North MP
15 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT

Economic sabotage costs 90 Hillside jobs

The loss of 90 highly skilled Hillside manufacturing jobs has destroyed livelihoods across Dunedin and is the result of KiwiRail’s blind execution of Government directives, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran and Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark say.

“The decision to close part of Hillside today is an act of economic sabotage. The consequences will be felt not only by the workers and their families, but by the wider community and businesses as well. Many suppliers and sub-contractors will also lose work because of today’s decision.

“This was another of the Government’s ‘done deals’. It has pushed KiwiRail to the brink and KiwiRail’s board let it happen.

“Under this Government there will never be a train built in Dunedin again. This is terrible news for the city.

“There are currently almost 300 rail wagons in New Zealand needing repair. A cost effective proposal put to the KiwiRail board for Hillside to build 100 new wagons was rejected as recently as a month ago. Hillside can do that work but KiwiRail’s board and National don’t want to listen.

“John Key’s claim that there is no manufacturing crisis and that the economy is on the right track will be seen for what it is - one big lie - by the workers made redundant today

“They know they are just the latest in a 40,000-long line of manufacturing workers who have lost their jobs in the last four years.

“Mr Key should have stepped in to save Hillside. Instead Kiwis are heading for the dole queue or Australia while overseas workers make our products.

David Clark says: “Labour has always said it would ensure Hillside’s manufacturing capacity is retained in Dunedin. We stand by the Hillside workers who have lost their jobs today. Manufacturing in New Zealand sustains many other jobs in the New Zealand economy, which it is why it so important.

“John Key has let Dunedin and New Zealand down again. But the potential for Hillside to thrive again exists as long as the plant remains. Only a Labour Government will restore New Zealand’s manufacturing capacity to rebuild our economy.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news