9 August, 2012
Jobless recovery for workers
What little economic recovery there is remains a jobless recovery, FIRST Union said today.
Unemployment has risen to 6.8% in today’s Household Labour Force Survey.
“Despite business confidence picking up slightly
in recent months, the situation for the workers in our economy is getting worse,” Robert Reid, FIRST Union General
“Our union is still dealing on a weekly basis with redundancies, particularly in the industrial sector.”
“The manufacturing industry has been completely let down by the government’s refusal to take any practical steps to
address our highly overvalued dollar. This is cannibalising exporters’ margins, and is seeing manufacturing workers pay
for government inaction through job losses.”
Scores of workers have lost jobs at worksites where FIRST Union has members in recent months, including Summit Wool
Spinners in Oamaru and Norman Ellison Carpets in Auckland.
Robert Reid said any jobs benefits from the Christchurch rebuild seemed years away.
“Any real momentum behind the rebuild of Christchurch seems indefinitely stalled. And unemployed workers, who could do
the work of the rebuild, are not being systematically identified and trained.”
Putting Workers First
FIRST Union is New Zealand's second-largest private sector trade union.
Formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec, FIRST Union represents 27,000
workers in the Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood), Retail, Stores, Transport and Logistics sectors.
FIRST Union is also affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and runs several networks including the Union
Network of Migrants, the Runanga, Fono and Womens' Committee. In 2015 FIRST Union launched Samoa First Union, Samoa's
only private sector union.
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