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

 


"Conditions Worse Than China" Says Clothing Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 14 JUNE 2005

"Conditions Worse Than China" Says Clothing Union Official

"Unpaid wages, poor working conditions, illegal contracts, no redundancy pay, are not words I am using to describe working conditions in China, but rather the situation at an apparel factory in Porirua," said Robert Reid, an organiser with the Clothing, Laundry and Allied Workers Union.

"The factory, Hills International, is well known for making berets for United Nations Peace - keepers," said Robert Reid. "We understand that the company still makes berets for the military in NZ and the Middle-east."

"Late last year it made the news when the union complained about the workers not having received wages for three weeks. Since that time the situation has deteriorated further."

"The company is consistently behind with worker's pay, recently made some workers redundant with no redundancy pay, keeps issuing individual contracts rather than negotiating with the union and provides poor working conditions. On top of this the phone at the factory has been cut off because of non-payment of phone bills and now the workers are worried that today they might be locked out by the landlord because the rent is three months behind," said Robert Reid.

"It is impossible to talk to the owner about these matters as he lives in Singapore and does not respond to faxes or emails. The manager left a few months ago in disgust, he said.

Robert Reid, who recently visited China on a Council of Trade Unions delegation said the situation was worse than anything he had seen on official or un-offical trips to China. "Before we throw any more stones at China we should clean up our own industry first," he said

"It is disgusting that the owner of this factory should be able to get away with this," Robert Reid said. "No-one in New Zealand will take responsibility for what is happening here."

The factory is located at 18 Wall Place, Linden (behind Dobbins Furniture).

ENDS

Editors please note: Hills International has no connection to and should not be confused with with Hills Hats which operates in Petone and has a collective employment agreement with the union.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news