Kiwirail Management Should Be Sacked Over Hillside Sale
Rt Hon Winston Peters
15 November 2012
Kiwirail Management Should Be Sacked
Over Hillside Sale
New Zealand First is
calling for KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn and his board
to be sacked following their decision to sell Hillside
workshops to an Australian-based company.
Winston Peters says Mr Quinn and the KiwiRail board are
traitors to New KiwiRail workers.
consistently overlooked Hillside as being suitable to carry
out all manner of KiwiRail work.
freight wagons – most plagued with mechanical faults –
were made in China.
“This work could have been
carried out by Hillside workers to a much higher
Mr Peters says KiwiRail are going
down the same disastrous path as the National Government in
July 1993 when it sold our national railway to private
investors who ran it into the ground.
has been flogged off at a massively reduced price so
National’s rich, paper-shuffling business cronies can
again make as much profit as possible.
repeating and it’s obscene,” says Mr Peters.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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