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


Clothing Union Supports Textile Initiative

24 May 2004

Clothing Union Supports Textile Initiative But Warns On China Free Trade

"The Clothing Workers Union supports the Government's $2.3 million Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Carpet transition package announced today by Economic Development Minister, Jim Anderton," said union secretary, Maxine Gay.

"It has been almost three and a half years since the union went to then Alliance Leader, Jim Anderton to inform him of the impending collapse of the industry without Government intervention and support," said Maxine Gay. "During these three years the Clothing Union, together with the NDU and CTU have been working with government and industry to ensure that such support was forthcoming. The first step was a detailed report into the industry, second was the development of an industry strategy, third the formation of Textiles NZ and finally today's announcement of the funding to ensure the strategy is put into place."

Clothing Union industry officer, Robert Reid has represented the unions on all stages of these development and currently sits on the Textile NZ Board.

"While this announcement is good news for the sector, it takes place under the dark clouds of a proposed Free Trade Agreement with China," Maxine Gay said. Jim Anderton must ensure that all his good work to ensure a transition package for the industry on the basis of a slowly decreasing tariff reduction regime to 10% by 2009 is not destroyed by a zero tariff regime with China by the end of next year," she said.

"We know what happened to the car assembly industry when it went to zero tariffs overnight, we must make sure the same does not happen to the TCFC sector," she said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news