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Cavalier Bremworth restructuring another blow for working people

Date of Release: 
Monday, April 18, 2016

Only a week after Fisher and Paykel Appliances announced plans to close its Auckland appliances factory, carpet-maker Cavalier Bremworth is announcing a proposal to shift production to Napier in a move that could see up to 68 jobs go in Whanganui and a further 36 jobs go in Christchurch.

The Christchurch Radford Yarns Plant could close completely as a result of the restructure, says FIRST Union Southern Secretary Paul Watson. 

“Cavalier Bremworth is looking to relocate its woollen spinning operation to Napier. That’s a massive blow for workers and their families in Whanganui, some of whom have worked in the Whanganui spinning plant since the 1970s.” 

The Cavalier Bremworth plant is one of the largest employers in the Whanganui region.

“In a small consolation for Whanganui, the Christchurch operation will be relocated to their patch. But that’s coming at the expense of Christchurch workers who have had the rug pulled from under their feet.”

Christchurch workers will have the opportunity to relocate to the Whanganui plant and the Napier plant where 39 jobs will become available, but Watson says it’s highly unlikely workers will abandon their lives in Christchurch to take up jobs further north.

“Workers who have given years of service to the company shouldn’t have to compete for jobs like this. There could be up to 104 redundancies overall with the company indicating approximately 65 net job losses,” said Watson.

“It’s becoming clear that the government must do more to support the manufacturing industry in New Zealand. This restructure is going to leave workers and their families reeling and the impacts will be felt across the community.” 

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