Migrant workers casualties in Mainzeal collapse
Migrant workers casualties in Mainzeal
Labour is asking what has happened to
the Chinese workers brought to New Zealand last year by King
Façade Ltd, a Mainzeal-related company that this week went
into voluntary liquidation following the Mainzeal
Last year, King Façade Ltd gained approval in
principle from Immigration NZ to bring in 110 Chinese
workers as Façade Installers, despite questions from Labour
and opposition from unions, who said there were local
workers available to be trained for the work.
were genuine questions about the granting of this approval
that were not satisfactorily answered by either the Minister
of Immigration or Immigration New Zealand," says Darien
Fenton, Labour’s Immigration and Labour Issues
“There was only a cursory attempt to find
New Zealand workers, and a exaggeration of the skills
required to ensure that any Kiwis who could qualify would
not meet the requirements.
“Kate Wilkinson, the
Associate Minister of Labour at the time, gave assurances
that the parent company, Mainzeal, had a good record with
Work and Income New Zealand. She justified the decision on
the basis that King Façade would work with Mainzeal and
the Industry Training Organisation to develop a Façade
Installer Apprenticeship programme.
"What a joke that's
turned out to be.
“All of this shows that Labour was
right to be concerned about the slack approach given to
granting the approval in principle.
“Sadly, there are
now Chinese migrant workers who have also become the victims
of this massive corporate failure, who no doubt will have
contributed their labour to the work of King Façade, and
will probably be going home with nothing,” Darien Fenton
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