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

 

43 cents in the $ payment to Tachikawa workers confirmed

Media release: FIRST Union

Saturday November 30 2013

43 cents in the dollar payment to Tachikawa workers confirmed

One week after being advised that any payment before Christmas was unlikely, the receivers of Tachikawa Forest Products have advised the union for former workers at the sawmill on Friday evening that a payment has now been confirmed.

On October 18 Tachikawa Forest Products was placed into receivership, affecting over 120 workers.

Late yesterday Kordamentha wrote to former Tachikawa workers advising that they would receive an initial payment of 43 cents in the dollar before Christmas, and a further as yet un-quantified amount early in the New Year.

“News of this payment will be especially appreciated by the Tachikawa workers as they come together today to attend the whanau day arranged by Apumoana Marae, local hapu and the union,” FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid said.

“As reported earlier this week, the receiver had written to Tachikawa workers saying their payment was being held up as a result of a claim by a forestry company.”

“Following a picket of Hancock Forest Management on Wednesday, the receivers advised that the way had been cleared for an initial payment to be made.”

In a receivership situation workers are entitled to wages, holiday pay and redundancy compensation as preferential creditors, up to the current maximum amount of $20,340 in receivership law.

For Tachikawa workers owed this maximum amount, today’s announcement means they will soon be receiving around $8,000 before tax.

The receiver agreed with a union request to pay redundancy pay first, as the receipt of redundancy pay will have no affect on any unemployment benefit from Work and Income, Robert Reid said.

Details of today’s event in Rotorua:

Tachikawa workers and their families will gather today for a Whanau Day at a local Rotorua marae. There will be presents for the kids, an all-day barbeque and bands and singers.

Where: Apumoana Marae, Tarawera Rd.

When: 10am – 3pm, Saturday 30 November.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On How National’s ”New” Welfare Plan Resurrects A Past Failure


Sam Uffindell’s defenders keep reminding us that he was only 16 at the time of the King’s College incident, and haven’t we all done things in our teens that, as adults, we look back on with shame and embarrassment? True. Let's be honest. Haven’t we all at one time or another, joined a gang and beaten a smaller, younger kid black and blue with wooden clubs? In that respect, Uffindell’s defenders on the streets of Tauranga risk sounding a bit like the psychiatrist Kargol played by Graham Chapman on Monty Python. Some of the media commentary has also noted how the Uffindell saga has taken the shine off National’s good poll results and distracted us all from the unveiling of an important welfare policy at the recent National Patty conference. OK… So let's put the spotlight back on that welfare policy...
More>>




 
 


Transport & Infrastructure: Have Your Say On The Future Of Inter-regional Passenger Rail In New Zealand

The Transport and Infrastructure Committee has opened an inquiry into the future of inter-regional passenger rail in New Zealand. The aim of the inquiry is to find out what the future could hold for inter-regional passenger rail... More>>


National: Sam Uffindell Stood Down Pending Investigation
Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell has been stood down from the National Party caucus pending an investigation into further allegations about his past behaviour, says National Party Leader Christopher Luxon... More>>


Auditor-General: Submission On The Water Services Entities Bill
We have published our submission to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Water Services Entities Bill. Because water services are critical to everyone, our focus is on how the public and Parliament are able to influence the performance... More>>


National: NZ Migrant Arrivals Hit Lowest Mark Since 1990s
Today’s net migration figures show that Labour has failed to deliver the desperately needed skilled migrants they promised, meaning labour shortages will persist into the future, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says... More>>


Green Party: Abuse Revelations Leave No Choice But To Overhaul RSE Scheme
The Green Party is calling on the Government to overhaul the Recognised Seasonal Employers scheme in the wake of revelations of shocking human rights violations... More>>



Government: More Women On Public Boards Than Ever Before

“Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels