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

 


High-value jobs lost as Fletchers sells off Pacific Steel

High-value jobs lost as Fletchers sells off Pacific Steel

Workers at Pacific Steel in Auckland are facing redundancy as the company is sold off by parent company Fletchers, says the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union.

Pacific Steel has been purchased by NZ Steel, and will continue to operate the rolling mill and wire mill in Otahuhu. The steel mill, however, will be closed by the end of 2015, at the cost of over 70 jobs.

“These are high-value, skilled jobs, and it’s a blow to our members and their community to lose them,” says Bill Newson, EPMU national secretary.

There may be opportunities for workers to retrain to other roles and the EPMU will work with Fletchers to ensure that workers who wish to retrain are able to do so.

“Our focus now is on supporting our members,” says Bill Newson. “But these job losses are another indictment of the government’s failure to support jobs and manufacturing in New Zealand.

“We need a serious strategy to grow our industries, not shifting work around and reducing good jobs.

“Employers are telling me that steel is being imported for the Christchurch rebuild. Why are we importing steel and laying off Kiwi steel workers?”

Union members at Pacific Steel who are ultimately made redundant will receive redundancy pay as part of their collective agreement.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news