There are calls for tougher enforcement and penalties for employers who exploit migrant workers.
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.
First Union textiles secretary Paul Watson said both (Waitaki Mayor) Mr Familton and the union had been in contact with the ministry to seek funding for an additional support programme.
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