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Māori workers call for end to exploitation at iwi-owned bus company

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The boards of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui must put the brakes on the exploitation of workers at iwi-owned Go Bus, says FIRST Union president Syd Keepa.

“Go Bus is out of control. They’ve been exposed for illegally housing migrant workers in Dunedin and they’ve come under fire after a number of drivers resigned from the job in Auckland,” said Keepa.

The business arms of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui are the majority shareholders in Go Bus.

“Go Bus took over South Auckland bus routes last week but they didn’t even offer the new drivers any training or induction. Drivers are quitting because this just isn’t safe.”

“Iwi boards should make it clear to the companies they own that tikanga comes first. What Go Bus is doing to working people isn’t tika,” said Keepa.

“Manaakitanga is more than just a word. Go Bus needs to be told that they must adhere to Māori values not Pākehā capitalist values.”

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