Union says 70 jobs going at Flotech
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:12p.m.
A manufacturing plant in Manukau operated by bio-technology engineering company Flotech is closing with the loss of 70 jobs, the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU) says.
The workers are well-paid trades people who mostly make pipes, EPMU assistant director of organising Strachan Crang says.
The union is reiterating a call for the Government to improve support for manufacturers after Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru and Norman Ellison Carpets in Onehunga also closed manufacturing facilities.
"This is the third major factory closure in as many weeks. It's time the Government realised that its hands-off approach isn't working," Mr Crang said.
"It's a sad fact that a lot of Kiwis are starting to see their future in Australia because there simply aren't enough skilled, highly paid jobs to keep people here," he said.
Flotech is a pioneer of technology that extracts biogas from waste.
Mr Crang said Flotech was the type of company the Government had put up on a pedestal.
The union says Flotech is keeping design work in New Zealand.
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5/07/2012 9:17:39 a.m.
Xiong Mao wrote:
In response to Mike i dont believe its the unions fault for the decline of flotech. The taxpayer has already helped flotech in terms of TechNZ funding to develop the technology it has.Simply it is the failings of the management that have lead to the inevitable over coming months.
Many in the industry are well aware of the track record left at various site installations in New Zealand. There was potential to do very well here as one of the only local suppliers to industry, unfortunately they shot themselves in the foot
1/07/2012 10:36:23 a.m.
1.1% growth in the last quarter, amoung the best in the OECD.The union could always do more to help businesses vs their reaching for the industrail action hammer for everything as they always do. We are in a recession locally and globally so businesses are finding it tight. Unions could do a lot more to help businesses, but that would be like asking an addict to give up their addiction and unlikely to happen.The Maritime Union industrial action cost NZ over $1 billion for their 'socialble hours' and that has flowed on to NZ businesses that depended on the port and cost jobs. It has also reduced income to Auckland council, so higher rates for Aucklanders. Businesses with higher cost have had to raise prices so everyone has been paying more. Unions can stop acting like bears with hemorrhoids trying to pass pinecones and start to work with businesses for NZ.
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