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F&P Should Commit To Kiwi Jobs

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F&P Should Commit To Kiwi Jobs

27 May 2009 - The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union welcomes the announcement of investment in Fisher & Paykel Appliances but is calling for a commitment to maximise jobs in New Zealand.

The call follows the announcement that the company has taken Chinese manufacturer Haier as a 20% stakeholder as part of a strategy to raise a minimum of $189m in investment capital.

Two months ago F&P Appliances signed up to a nine-day fortnight scheme involving a taxpayer subsidy and a concession on annual leave by staff.

EPMU acting national secretary Bill Newson says Fisher and Paykel and its new Chinese partner need to return the faith that has been shown in the business with a commitment to its New Zealand operations.

"While we're pleased to see Fisher & Paykel now has a platform for stability we think it's right to ask for a clear commitment to the workers and taxpayers who have helped it through its recent rough patch.

"Fisher & Paykel is an iconic New Zealand brand that has done well from Kiwi consumers and Kiwi workers and its Chinese partner will understand that keeping a good relationship with New Zealand means it must commit to keeping manufacturing in New Zealand.

"This deal represents a great opportunity for Fisher & Paykel to stabilise and grow but it is vital that this growth translates to a strong and secure Kiwi workforce."

The EPMU represents more than four hundred workers at Fisher & Paykel Appliances.

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