E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that the plastic card manufacturer, ABCorp is to close its Christchurch plant.
About 50 workers will lose their jobs after the company confirmed it was moving operations at the plant to Australia.
“We’re gutted about this,” says Joe Gallagher, E tū’s Industry Coordinator, Communications.
“The workers knew what was coming but that doesn’t make it any easier. These are good jobs with reasonable pay and conditions and that’s hard to find these days,” says Joe.
Joe says the union will be doing all it can to support the workers ahead of closure, which is scheduled for the end of March.
ABCorp Christchurch is one of several local firms to shut its doors and relocate across the Tasman, including Cadbury and Auckland company, Pastry House.
“These companies come over here, they create expectations for the people working for them, but there’s no loyalty. They lose a major contract or two, as happened here and just decide to move on,” Joe says.
However, he has reiterated the union’s view that the Government can help support local specialist firms through its procurement processes.
“ABCorp lost a major Government transport contract and several others. This Government is committed to local workers and their families. We think that includes helping support local businesses producing quality products through Government procurement contracts where appropriate.”