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

 


Hillside closure a tragedy for Dunedin and workers

20 December 2012

Hillside closure a tragedy for Dunedin and workers

The closure of most of the Hillside workshops is a tragedy for Dunedin and local manufacturing, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

Ninety workers will lose their jobs on Friday as most of the Hillside workshops closes down. Hillside’s foundry has been sold to a private engineering firm who will retain 18 jobs. Mrs Turei has been part of a group of local manufacturers, union representatives, MPs, the chamber of commerce and the Council seeking to keep Hillside running and in public hands.

“The closure of Hillside is a direct result of the Government’s failure to look at the benefits to our local economy of manufacturing and the jobs provided by local industry,” said Mrs Turei.

“The management of Kiwirail, with the backing of the Government, decided not to bid for contracts that could have provided jobs for the skilled workers at Hillside.

“This decision was made despite a 2010 BERL report that showed that having rolling stock for Auckland built at Hillside would have added $250m to the economy, reduced the current account deficit and created jobs.

“The current Government considers that it is more important to sign up to World Trade Organisation procurement treaties than protect New Zealand manufacturing and industry.

“The Green Party disagrees with the National Government’s approach and considers that a strong economy needs to protect highly skilled manufacturing jobs such as those now lost at Hillside,” said Mrs Turei.

“Rather than wasting billions of dollars and increasing taxes to pay for unneeded motorways, New Zealand should be leading the way in creating transport solutions that future-proof our economy such as rail.”
ends

© 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