New Zealands largest retail chain axes 1,080 jobs
By John Braddock
29 July 2020
The carnage being inflicted on workers jobs continued when New Zealands largest retail chain, The Warehouse, announced on July 19 up to 1,080 sackings. It followed the recent decision by the global conglomerate Rio Tinto to mothball Southlands Tiwai Point aluminium smelter next August, at a cost of 2,600 jobs within the region.
In the wake of COVID-19, the number of jobs fell by a record 37,000 or 1.7 percent in April alone, according to Statistics NZ in June. It was the biggest monthly fall in percentage terms in 20 years since the measurement was established. There are now 208,577 people on either Jobseeker Support or a COVID-19 payment. More than 63,000 …
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