Last year, Labour questioned why a company called King Facade Ltd had been given approval in principle from Immigration New Zealand to bring in 110 “Facade Installers” from China on the basis that there were no New Zealanders skilled enough to do the work. There were questions about the granting of this approval that were not satisfactorily answered by either the Minister of Immigration or Immigration New Zealand, with only a cursory attempt to find New Zealand workers, and a exaggeration of the skills required ensuring that any Kiwis would not meet the requirements.
The parent company of King Facade Ltd is Mainzeal, and this week King Facade Ltd also went into voluntary liquidation.
The then Associate Minister of Immigration, Kate Wilkinson gave assurances that the parent company Mainzeal had a good record with Work and Income. Another big justification from the government was that King Facade would work with Mainzeal and the Industry Training Organisation to develop a Facade Installer Apprenticeship programme, so New Zealanders would be skilled to do the work in future.
Well that’s all fallen over, along with the collapse of Mainzeal, the loss of jobs and contractors out of pocket.
Who knows what’s happened to the poor Chinese Migrant workers, who were promised a three year employment contract.
My guess is they were on the next flight home, with no pay in their pockets for the work they have done.
David Shearer and Clayton Cosgrove announced today that Labour will legislate for a fairer deal for subbies.