“…Hundreds of Australian jobs have been shifted to New Zealand as producers there try to avoid the impact of high wages, a soaring dollar and restrictive labour laws…”

“…Supermarket giant Woolworths is the latest to transfer jobs across the Tasman, shifting 40 contact centre jobs to Auckland this week.

Imperial Tobacco has also said it will move cigarette manufacturing from Sydney to New Zealand.

The companies are following in the footsteps of the food production industry, which has been shifting jobs out of Australia to take advantage of New Zealand’s lower wages.

Heinz Australia recently scrapped more than 300 jobs across three states in favour of its large plant in Hastings.

According to the International Labour Organisation, Australian manufacturing workers earned more than US$35 an hour in 2008.

In New Zealand, the rate is under US$20 an hour..”

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One Response to “…Hundreds of Australian jobs have been shifted to New Zealand as producers there try to avoid the impact of high wages, a soaring dollar and restrictive labour laws…”

  1. John W says:

    Heinz Australia is not moving the 300 jobs anywhere.

    They are using new automated plant in NZ requiring a much smaller attending workforce. This is a part of a pattern world wide where automation requires less man hours for production of goods cutting personal income for worker/consumers and driving down spending power in exchange for greater short term profit of a few.

    This is not sustainable unless hours for workers are reduced for the same overall pay which is what need to happen to expand employment.
    The money wasted in long distance transportation of raw materials and manufactured goods, as well as the consumption of toxic fossil fuels, is a cost to future generations for the short term profit now made by those industry investors whose actions carry no responsibility when mortgaging our children’s future.

    We are at 394 ppm CO2 with methane hydrates streaming from Artic seabeds signaling the beginnings of climate runaway that mankind will be powerless to stop.

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