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Headline Redundancies Do Not Reveal True Picture Of Job Losses

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, March 6 NZPA - High profile announcements of redundancies are not revealing the full picture of job losses as the recession bites harder into the New Zealand economy.

Companies have revealed plans to shed more than 500 jobs around the country since the Government's Job Summit last Friday.

However, National Distribution Union secretary Laila Harre said low visibility work in the retail-related trades is being hardest hit, rather than factory positions.

Ms Harre said thousands of jobs have been lost over the last two months as employers choose not to replace people leaving and The Warehouse chain was cutting the equivalent of 600 jobs this year by reducing hours and dropping positions.

Many other sectors have reported that they are not replacing people when they are leaving and this includes many sections of the public sector which is looking to control costs.

The headlines also do not reveal what is happening in small businesses which may be laying off staff or not replacing them when they leave.

Among the job losses announced in the past week are:

* 105 at Irwin Industrial Tools in Wellsford:

* 60 from timber products company Nelson Pine Industries;

* 40 from GE Money;

* 29 at Christchurch's CWF Hamilton;

* 50 jobs lost at the Tertiary Education Commission;

* 100 jobs possibly at Pacific Brands;

* 180 positions at Sealord in Nelson; and

* Plumbing group Crane Distribution is looking at further lay-offs among its 480 staff after shedding 90 workers last year.

Last week the Government said 771 families were getting assistance through the Government's ReStart scheme for people hardest hit by redundancy.

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