Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Summit Wool Spinners puts 192 jobs at stake
Summit Wool Spinners puts 192 jobs at stake
31
Jan '13
Summit Wool Spinners has this afternoon informed staff it will close its Oamaru plant, citing the high exchange rate as a contributing factor.

The closure will affect all 192 workers at the site including management.

Summit Wool Spinners has sold the plant to Godfrey Hirst subsidiary Canterbury Spinners Limited, which operates plants in Lower Hutt and Dannevirke.

A closure date had not been finalised but it will be some time around the end of February.

Members of the EPMU and FIRST Union were told of the decision at a site meeting at 3.30pm this afternoon. The workers will receive redundancy compensation through their union collective agreements.

EPMU organiser John Gardner said that like many other manufacturing firms, Summit had been hit hard by the high New Zealand dollar.

“Summit is the second largest employer in Oamaru and has been a part of the town for 130 years. These redundancies are devastating for staff and for the whole community of Oamaru which relies so heavily on these jobs.

“Summit has been a very good employer and didn’t want to make these redundancies, but the government’s refusal to act on the overvalued exchange rate or provide any kind of strategy for manufacturing means they were left with few options.”

Paul Watson, FIRST Union Textiles Secretary, said the textile industry was facing difficult times, and Summit’s announcement followed the closure of a Norman Ellison Carpets factory in Onehunga last year with 80 job losses. 

“This must serve as an urgent wakeup call for the government to be more proactive in its support for manufacturing.  Manufacturers have been completely let down and workers have paid the price for this inaction through job losses.”

The announcement comes as hearings got underway this week in a Parliament Inquiry into Manufacturing.  Manufacturing is New Zealand’s third largest employing industry and has lost 40,000 jobs in the last four years.

EPMU & FIRST Union


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 20th Aug 2017

PetroVietnam, Vinatex discuss reviving PVTEX plant

Discussions are under way between PetroVietnam and textile and...

Courtesy: Mexx

Fashion | On 20th Aug 2017

RNF acquires Mexx fashion brand

RNF, the Dutch sports and fashion holding, has purchased the global...

Textiles | On 20th Aug 2017

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles opens on August 23

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles, Asia’s leading platform to meet...

Interviews View All

Frank Gossmann
Rotorcraft AG

‘RT3 motto is: Do not check millimetres, check colours.’

Deepak Jain
Baggout

We are using Facebook and Instagram to promote ourselves

Sanjay Desai & Ashish Mulani
True Colors

Digital textile printing will be the technology of the future

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

August 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
66.7%
No
16.7%
Skip
16.7%

Total Votes: 30

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
43.3%
No
36.7%
Skip
20.0%

Total Votes: 30

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
83.3%
No
6.7%
Skip
10.0%

Total Votes: 30

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
60.0%
No
10.0%
Skip
30.0%

Total Votes: 30


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search