FIRST is the union for workers in textiles and clothing, laundry and baking industries.
Paul Watson is the Textiles Sector Secretary of FIRST Union.
Check out the latest news below from our textile, clothing and baking workers:
On January 31 Summit Wool Spinners announced the closure of its Oamaru mill with the loss of 192 jobs.
“It’s the most ridiculous idea I’ve heard” said one laundry worker at Wellington hospital about the news that District Health Board wanted to close the laundry, with the loss of up to 40 jobs.
The long-term future of the Summit Wool Spinners plant in Oamaru will not be known until May at the earliest, with new owners Godfrey Hirst employing 61 workers in the interim.
An opposition inquiry into manufacturing has heard from workers who fear for their future in the sector.
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