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

 


Regional job security cops double blow

Regional job security cops double blow

The sale by Carter Holt Harvey of its pulp and paper and packaging business to a joint venture between Oji Holdings and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, is a further blow to Kiwi-owned manufacturing industries, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“What really matters to New Zealanders is good jobs in all our regions. The Government’s total lack of vision and support for domestic manufacturing and timber processing has led to a loss of confidence in these industries.

“This sale will lead to a further $1.037 billion of assets transferred into foreign ownership and ultimately make it harder for New Zealanders to control their own economic destiny.

“New Zealanders care deeply about the ability of their government to create the conditions for better jobs, higher wages and a sustainable domestic industry.
“The news of this sale comes on top of cuts at South Island saw mills, with Dunedin sawmiller Southern Cross shedding 79 jobs at its Balclutha mill, and at others across the South Island, due to lack of log supply.

“Labour’s forestry economic upgrade will ensure the supply of local timber for local mills and will address the issue of most of our timber exports being shipped offshore as whole logs.

“Under National, factories have closed, industries have haemorrhaged jobs and real wages have declined in many of our regions.

“New Zealanders deserve better than a government cutting special deals for its corporate friends – from casinos, to multinationals like Rio Tinto seeking cheap electricity, and Hollywood film studios.

“Labour’s recently-launched forestry and manufacturing policies show that we mean business and will create jobs, add value to products, keep mills and factories open and help redevelop our regional heartlands, offering hope, opportunity and choice for all New Zealanders.

“These latest blows add two more good reasons as to why Labour will lead a new government after the September election,’’ said David Cunliffe.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

Gordon Campbell:
On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable.

So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer – who used unusually frank language in his speech and subsequent interviews yesterday to call for a capital gains tax, and to generally chastise central and local government for their inaction on a threat to the country’s economic health and financial stability.

That threat has been real for some time. The housing price bubble has already created a currency bubble... Undaunted, the government keeps calling this situation a success story. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Bangladesh: GCSB Dragging NZ Into Human Rights Abuses

The New Zealand government should stop providing intelligence assistance to Bangladeshi security agencies that are known to systematically engage in human rights abuses, said the Green Party today. More>>

ALSO:

Troops Heading To Iraq: Government Must Come Clean On Deployment

New Zealanders deserve more than to hear about their troops’ deployment overseas from Australian media, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “News from Australia that Kiwi troops are on their way to Iraq this week is another example of the culture of secrecy and unknown protections around the deployment.” More>>

ALSO:

Image: Strikers And Protestors Join Outside McDonald's

A group of protestors took to McDonald’s Manners St today as a part of the international fast food workers day of action to end zero hour contracts. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Special Education Funds Not Spent

More than $32 million of funding for children with special needs has not been spent by the Government, despite families of children with special needs complaining for years that they’ve been denied the support they deserve. More>>

ALSO:

John Key: Pre-Budget Speech To Business NZ

So this Government will remain relentlessly focused on improving the competitiveness of our economy... We will continue to give businesses a platform to invest, grow and create jobs in the knowledge they will be backed by a clear and consistent government policy programme. More>>

ALSO:

Multimedia: Andrew Little’s Response To John Key’s Pre-Budget Address

Labour Party leader Andrew Little spoke today on John Key’s pre-budget address this afternoon in Wellington. Little said National has had seven years to achieve a surplus and Kiwis have “fufilled their end of the bargain.” More>>

Surplus Baggage: Key Backs Off ‘Artificial Target’

John Key’s attempt to redefine his cornerstone promise of two election campaigns as an artificial target suggests his other promises are works of fiction, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On UE Pass Rates And University Dropout Rates

Houston, there is clearly a problem with (a) the plunge in pass rates for University Entrance qualifications, which has been especially steep among Maori students and also a problem with (b) the failure rates for Maori students among those who reach university... Unfortunately the two problems seem related. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news