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Job losses at carpet yarn mills

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 7, 2011

 “A combination of a high wool price, lack of new housing starts and the lack of progress on the Canterbury rebuild has conspired to send the New Zealand yarn and carpet industry down the same negative path as the wood processing industry,” said Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST Union (formerly the NDU), the union for wood and textile workers.

Figures confirm union concerns about wood processing industry

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A union representing wood processing workers says concerns it expressed last week about the state of the wood industry have been confirmed by manufacturing figures out today.

Union criticises Minister’s Pollyanna approach to wood processing industry

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 9, 2011

The National Distribution Union (NDU) says the wood processing industry is still facing difficult times, despite the Forestry Minister talking up the health of the industry this week.

Urewera charges should never have been laid

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The National Distribution Union is welcoming the partial dropping of charges against those arrested in the 2007 raids in Ruatoki and other areas.

NDU supports call for tax justice

Date of Release: 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Introducing a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) and removing GST from food is needed to ease the tax burden on struggling families the National Distribution Union says.

Unemployment Kept High by Government Inaction on Currency

Date of Release: 
Friday, August 5, 2011

The government’s refusal to implement plans to tackle the high NZ dollar is stopping unemployment from coming down as quickly as it could, a union for workers in the productive sector said today.  Unemployment remains high, at 6.5 per cent, in today’s Household Labour Force Survey.

New Jobs in Wood Processing Welcome

Date of Release: 
Monday, July 25, 2011

A new forest waste processing facility near Rotorua is a welcome move for the region and the wood processing workforce, the National Distribution Union said today.

Cost of living increase reflects workers' sentiments

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Today's cost of living statistics reflect what workers have been feeling over the last few months, a union representing low wage workers said today.

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