NZ fish processing plant to shut down
By SeafoodSource staff
Published on 10 October, 2013
The union for workers threatened with job losses at a Christchurch fish processing factory is calling for Government intervention and a halt to the processing of New Zealand fish overseas.
The 200 jobs are at risk as long-standing fishing company Independent Fisheries looks at closing its Woolston processing plant after losing sales in its export markets to Asian competitors.
Chas Muir, of the Service and Processing Workers Union, said 90 percent of value-added fish products made from fish caught in New Zealand waters was processed overseas, mainly in China.