220 workers affected by Christchurch yarn plant closure

220 textile workers are to lose their jobs, as Canterbury Spinners announces the closure of its plant in Bromley, Christchurch, following last month’s earthquake. The National Distribution Union said that although there were satisfactory union negotiated redundancy provisions, the announcement came as a heavy blow for workers already reeling from the effects of the earthquake.

NDU Southern Region Secretary Paul Watson said: “Not only has the plant been destroyed within a few seconds by a devastating earthquake but the future incomes and job security of 220 people have also been devastated.”

“The NDU has negotiated a satisfactory redundancy and relocation agreement which has been endorsed by union members.  It is superior to the redundancy agreement that would have applied in normal circumstances.”

Paul Watson said the NDU would be also be immediately establishing a redundant workers support network, along similar lines to the very successful model put in place for Christchurch workers made redundant by Lane Walker Rudkin and Pacific Brands in 2009.

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