Union activism: sure to rise

Baking and workers solidarity have been connected like never before with cake sales outside Westpac branches around the country to raise funds for and awareness of clothing workers at Lane Walker Rudkin who have lost their job and who will not be paid the redundancy compensation they are entitled to.

The receivers of textile and apparel maker Lane Walker Rudkin announced last Friday (May 15 2009) that 186 clothing workers in Christchurch and the Wairarapa would be made redundant.

The workers have been thrown out with no notice, and no money: the workers may see their last wage payments, but there is no guarantee they will see their holiday or redundancy pay.

The Westpac Union Council wrote to to the bank asking them to meet with the National Distribution Workers Union – the union for these workers and to try to protect these jobs, but to no avail.

Cake sales have been held outside Westpac banks to highlight the bank’s role, and have raised nearly $2000 to support the laid off workers.

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