Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Job Assurances Needed in Air NZ

Job Assurances Needed in Air NZ

“The unions in Air New Zealand need assurances that jobs have long term security,” said joint union spokesperson and Council of Trade Unions secretary Paul Goulter today.

“While the Qantas proposal seems to address our concerns in engineering, assurances are needed in all areas of operation, involving both air crew and ground staff, on jobs with both airlines,” he said.

“Also, while the prospect of additional jobs in engineering is welcome, the company needs to develop a good apprenticeship programme to ensure upskilling and recognition of those skills.”

Paul Goulter said the CTU shared the concern of Australian unions that Australian jobs not be exported to New Zealand as a result of this proposal.

“Any growth in jobs on this side of the Tasman must result from genuine business growth,” he said.

Paul Goulter said unions in Air NZ agreed that the future of Air NZ needed to be secured, and in the face of hostile competition the deal with Qantas may be the only way to ensure the Air NZ branding survived.

“However, now government has considered the national interest criteria there are real competition issues to be considered by the competition bodies on both sides of the Tasman,” he said.

“For all New Zealanders there is an issue about affordable travel,” he said.

Paul Goulter said that recent strengthening of our competition law should ensure that those issues were adequately considered before any deal was signed off.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election